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The Retail industry as a whole was unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.2%. Laggards within the Retail industry included

QKL Stores

(

QKLS

), down 9.8%,

U S Auto Parts Network

(

PRTS

), down 1.7%,

Bon-Ton Stores

(

BONT

), down 2.3%,

Pacific Sunwear

(

PSUN

), down 3.2% and

Smart & Final Stores

(

SFS

), down 2.0%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

Bon-Ton Stores

(

BONT

) is one of the companies that pushed the Retail industry lower today. Bon-Ton Stores was down $0.13 (2.3%) to $5.52 on light volume. Throughout the day, 103,059 shares of Bon-Ton Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 213,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $5.52-$5.75 after having opened the day at $5.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.65.

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates department stores in the United States. Its stores offer brand-name fashion apparel and accessories for women, men, and children, as well as cosmetics, home furnishings, footwear, and other goods. Bon-Ton Stores has a market cap of $94.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 27.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Bon-Ton Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Bon-Ton Stores

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on BONT go as follows:

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Multiline Retail industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 1082.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.93 million to -$11.01 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 21.12 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.07, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Multiline Retail industry and the overall market, BON-TON STORES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to -$101.54 million or 48.58% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 40.44%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 1040.00% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Bon-Ton Stores Ratings Report

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At the close,

U S Auto Parts Network

(

PRTS

) was down $0.05 (1.7%) to $2.89 on light volume. Throughout the day, 19,886 shares of U S Auto Parts Network exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 33,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.78-$2.92 after having opened the day at $2.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.94.

U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an online retailer of automotive aftermarket parts and accessories primarily in the United States, Canada, and the Philippines. It operates in two segments, Base USAP and AutoMD. U S Auto Parts Network has a market cap of $100.4 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 25.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate U S Auto Parts Network a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

U S Auto Parts Network

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PRTS go as follows:

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Internet & Catalog Retail industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 78.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.40 million to -$2.49 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.11 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.12, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for US AUTO PARTS NETWORK INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 27.09%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -3.66% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$10.70 million or 274.71% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Internet & Catalog Retail industry and the overall market, US AUTO PARTS NETWORK INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

U S Auto Parts Network Ratings Report

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QKL Stores

(

QKLS

) was another company that pushed the Retail industry lower today. QKL Stores was down $0.22 (9.8%) to $2.03 on light volume. Throughout the day, 530 shares of QKL Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.01-$2.03 after having opened the day at $2.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.25.

QKL Stores Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates a supermarket chain in northeastern China and Inner Mongolia. QKL Stores has a market cap of $3.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 15.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

QKL Stores

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on QKLS go as follows:

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Food & Staples Retailing industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 223.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.69 million to -$5.48 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.45 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. To add to this, QKLS has a quick ratio of 0.52, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Food & Staples Retailing industry and the overall market, QKL STORES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for QKL STORES INC is rather low; currently it is at 16.80%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -8.96% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to -$3.29 million or 3.71% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

QKL Stores Ratings Report

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