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The Retail industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.4%. Laggards within the Retail industry included

Acorn International

(

ATV

), down 16.5%,

Appliance Recycling Centers Of America

(

ARCI

), down 3.0%,

LightInTheBox

(

LITB

), down 6.0%,

Cencosud

(

CNCO

), down 1.9% and

China Jo-Jo Drugstores

(

CJJD

), down 8.5%.

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

LightInTheBox

(

LITB

) is one of the companies that pushed the Retail industry lower today. LightInTheBox was down $0.36 (6.0%) to $5.59 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 237,880 shares of LightInTheBox exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 95,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $5.34-$5.67 after having opened the day at $5.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.95.

LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd., through its subsidiaries, operates as an online retailing company. The company offers apparel products, including customized, special occasion, and fast fashion products. LightInTheBox has a market cap of $280.4 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 5.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate LightInTheBox a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

LightInTheBox

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LITB go as follows:

  • LIGHTINTHEBOX HLDG -ADR has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 212.5% in earnings (-$0.50 versus -$0.16).
  • 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 157.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$2.43 million to -$6.26 million.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 31.98%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 160.00% compared to the year-earlier 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.
  • 37.53% is the gross profit margin for LIGHTINTHEBOX HLDG -ADR which we consider to be strong. Regardless of LITB'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 -6.32% trails the industry average.
  • Compared to other companies in the Internet & Catalog Retail industry and the overall market, LIGHTINTHEBOX HLDG -ADR's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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LightInTheBox Ratings Report

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At the close,

Appliance Recycling Centers Of America

(

ARCI

) was down $0.08 (3.0%) to $2.61 on average volume. Throughout the day, 23,858 shares of Appliance Recycling Centers Of America exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 27,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.58-$2.69 after having opened the day at $2.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.69.

Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, sells new household appliances through a chain of company-owned retail stores under the ApplianceSmart name. The company operates in two segments, Recycling and Retail. Appliance Recycling Centers Of America has a market cap of $16.1 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 2.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Appliance Recycling Centers Of America

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ARCI go as follows:

  • ARCI's revenue growth trails the industry average of 14.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.3%. 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.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.81, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.75 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • The gross profit margin for APPLIANCE RECYCLING CTR AMER is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 26.86%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.65% trails that of 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 Specialty Retail industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 51.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.13 million to $0.56 million.

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Appliance Recycling Centers Of America Ratings Report

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Acorn International

(

ATV

) was another company that pushed the Retail industry lower today. Acorn International was down $0.16 (16.5%) to $0.81 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 46,646 shares of Acorn International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.79-$0.94 after having opened the day at $0.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.97.

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 $26.2 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 42.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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 45.09%, 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 1.8%. 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.

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Acorn International Ratings Report

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