The Retail industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.3%. Laggards within the Retail industry included

Alon Blue Square Israel

(

BSI

), down 5.3%,

Liberty Interactive

(

QVCB

), down 1.8%,

Appliance Recycling Centers Of America

(

ARCI

), down 6.5%,

QKL Stores

(

QKLS

), down 5.9% and

Sears Canada

(

SRSC

), down 2.4%.

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

QKL Stores

(

QKLS

) is one of the companies that pushed the Retail industry lower today. QKL Stores was down $0.10 (5.9%) to $1.60 on average volume. Throughout the day, 13,759 shares of QKL Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.59-$1.69 after having opened the day at $1.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.70.

QKL Stores Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates a supermarket chain in northeastern China and Inner Mongolia. QKL Stores has a market cap of $2.7 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 12.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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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.

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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At the close,

Appliance Recycling Centers Of America

(

ARCI

) was down $0.09 (6.5%) to $1.29 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9,372 shares of Appliance Recycling Centers Of America exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.02-$1.42 after having opened the day at $1.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.38.

Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, sells and recycles 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 $7.7 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 49.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Appliance Recycling Centers Of America

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.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ARCI go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.23 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. To add to this, ARCI has a quick ratio of 0.54, 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 Specialty Retail industry and the overall market, APPLIANCE RECYCLING CTR AMER's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for APPLIANCE RECYCLING CTR AMER is rather low; currently it is at 22.51%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -6.17% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $1.07 million or 59.30% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • APPLIANCE RECYCLING CTR AMER 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. The company has suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, APPLIANCE RECYCLING CTR AMER reported lower earnings of $0.12 versus $0.57 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Appliance Recycling Centers Of America Ratings Report

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Liberty Interactive

(

QVCB

) was another company that pushed the Retail industry lower today. Liberty Interactive was down $0.55 (1.8%) to $30.05 on average volume. Throughout the day, 400 shares of Liberty Interactive exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $29.95-$30.05 after having opened the day at $29.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.60.

Liberty Interactive has a market cap of $895.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 3.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Liberty Interactive a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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