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The Retail industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.5%. Laggards within the Retail industry included

Acorn International

(

ATV

), down 8.7%,

U S Auto Parts Network

(

PRTS

), down 4.0%,

China Nepstar Chain Drugstore

(

NPD

), down 1.8%,

Builders FirstSource

(

BLDR

), down 2.5% and

Roundys

(

RNDY

), down 1.9%.

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

China Nepstar Chain Drugstore

(

NPD

) is one of the companies that pushed the Retail industry lower today. China Nepstar Chain Drugstore was down $0.03 (1.8%) to $1.60 on light volume. Throughout the day, 31,129 shares of China Nepstar Chain Drugstore exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 92,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.60-$1.63 after having opened the day at $1.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.63.

China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd., through its subsidiaries, owns and operates a retail drugstore chain in China. China Nepstar Chain Drugstore has a market cap of $162.9 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 3.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate China Nepstar Chain Drugstore a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

China Nepstar Chain Drugstore

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on NPD go as follows:

  • NPD's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 2.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.9%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • NPD has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Despite the fact that NPD's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.65, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.
  • 40.40% is the gross profit margin for CHINA NEPSTAR CHAIN DRUG-ADS which we consider to be strong. Regardless of NPD's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -1.77% trails the industry average.
  • 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 185.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.75 million to -$2.14 million.
  • 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 Food & Staples Retailing industry and the overall market, CHINA NEPSTAR CHAIN DRUG-ADS'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:

China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ratings Report

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At the close,

U S Auto Parts Network

(

PRTS

) was down $0.12 (4.0%) to $2.90 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,345 shares of U S Auto Parts Network exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 33,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.87-$3.07 after having opened the day at $3.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.02.

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 $93.3 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 18.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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Acorn International

(

ATV

) was another company that pushed the Retail industry lower today. Acorn International was down $0.09 (8.7%) to $0.95 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,900 shares of Acorn International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.95-$1.03 after having opened the day at $1.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.04.

Acorn International, Inc., an integrated multi-platform marketing company, develops, promotes, and sells a portfolio of proprietary-branded products; and third parties products. The company operates two sales platforms, including integrated direct sales and a nationwide distribution network. Acorn International has a market cap of $28.4 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 38.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Acorn International

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ATV go as follows:

  • 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 Internet & Catalog Retail industry and the overall market, ACORN INTERNATIONAL INC -ADR's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • ATV's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 40.83%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • ACORN INTERNATIONAL INC -ADR has improved earnings per share by 15.4% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ACORN INTERNATIONAL INC -ADR reported poor results of -$1.45 versus -$0.59 in the prior year.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 1.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 44.8%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • 39.76% is the gross profit margin for ACORN INTERNATIONAL INC -ADR which we consider to be strong. Regardless of ATV's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, ATV's net profit margin of -28.10% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Acorn International Ratings Report

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