The Retail industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.8%. Laggards within the Retail industry included

Alon Blue Square Israel

(

BSI

), down 3.4%,

QKL Stores

(

QKLS

), down 5.0%,

U S Auto Parts Network

(

PRTS

), down 3.9%,

CVSL

(

CVSL

), down 2.9% and

Pacific Sunwear

(

PSUN

), down 4.5%.

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

CVSL

(

CVSL

) is one of the companies that pushed the Retail industry lower today. CVSL was down $0.04 (2.9%) to $1.36 on light volume. Throughout the day, 10,867 shares of CVSL exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 100,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.33-$1.43 after having opened the day at $1.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.40.

CVSL Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in direct-selling business in the United States and internationally. CVSL has a market cap of $50.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 84.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates CVSL a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

CVSL

as a

sell

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

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CVSL 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 55.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$3.14 million to -$4.87 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.25 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. To add to this, CVSL has a quick ratio of 0.52, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to -$1.61 million or 5.77% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • CVSL'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 91.41%, 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.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 33.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 21.4%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

CVSL Ratings Report

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At the close,

U S Auto Parts Network

(

PRTS

) was down $0.09 (3.9%) to $2.20 on average volume. Throughout the day, 55,849 shares of U S Auto Parts Network exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 56,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.20-$2.30 after having opened the day at $2.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.29.

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. The company operates through two segments, Base USAP and AutoMD. U S Auto Parts Network has a market cap of $78.1 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 2.1% 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, 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 129.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.20 million to -$0.06 million.
  • The gross profit margin for US AUTO PARTS NETWORK INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 28.12%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -0.07% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $4.55 million or 44.11% 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.
  • This stock's share value has moved by only 32.64% over the past year. 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.

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 $0.09 (5.0%) to $1.70 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,594 shares of QKL Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.70-$1.70 after having opened the day at $1.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.79.

QKL Stores Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates a supermarket chain in northeastern China and Inner Mongolia. QKL Stores has a market cap of $2.6 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 8.2% 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 feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on QKLS go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 3.65 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. To add to this, QKLS has a quick ratio of 0.51, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity 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 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 16.49%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -4.95% trails that of the industry average.
  • QKL STORES INC's earnings per share declined by 49.8% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, QKL STORES INC reported poor results of -$17.71 versus -$9.23 in the prior year.
  • 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 50.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$3.06 million to -$4.58 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

QKL Stores Ratings Report

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