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

Odyssey Marine Exploration

(

OMEX

), down 6.8%,

CSS Industries

(

CSS

), down 2.4%,

XO Group

(

XOXO

), down 4.6%,

Big 5 Sporting Goods

(

BGFV

), down 2.2% and

Titan Machinery

(

TITN

), down 3.5%.

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

XO Group

(

XOXO

) is one of the companies that pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today. XO Group was down $0.79 (4.6%) to $16.28 on light volume. Throughout the day, 64,928 shares of XO Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 109,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $16.23-$17.05 after having opened the day at $17.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.07.

XO Group Inc., a consumer Internet and media company, provides multiplatform media services to the wedding, nesting, and first-time pregnancy markets in the United States. XO Group has a market cap of $460.0 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates XO Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

XO Group

as a

buy

. 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, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on XOXO go as follows:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 9.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.6%. 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.
  • XOXO 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. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.67, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $7.68 million or 32.60% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, XO GROUP INC has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 25.06%.
  • The gross profit margin for XO GROUP INC is currently very high, coming in at 86.44%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, XOXO's net profit margin of 5.81% significantly trails the industry average.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, XOXO's share price has jumped by 47.88%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Looking ahead, the stock's sharp rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

XO Group Ratings Report

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At the close,

CSS Industries

(

CSS

) was down $0.72 (2.4%) to $29.78 on light volume. Throughout the day, 14,789 shares of CSS Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 22,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $29.75-$30.83 after having opened the day at $30.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.50.

CSS Industries, Inc., a consumer products company, is engaged in the design, manufacture, procurement, distribution, and sale of various occasion and seasonal social expression products primarily to mass market retailers primarily in the United States and Canada. CSS Industries has a market cap of $280.0 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

CSS Industries

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CSS go as follows:

  • CSS 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. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.69, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • 36.42% is the gross profit margin for CSS INDUSTRIES INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 9.30% is above that of the industry average.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, regardless of the company's weak earnings results. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • CSS INDUSTRIES INC's earnings per share declined by 11.9% 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, CSS INDUSTRIES INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.97 versus $1.62 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

CSS Industries Ratings Report

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Odyssey Marine Exploration

(

OMEX

) was another company that pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today. Odyssey Marine Exploration was down $0.06 (6.8%) to $0.79 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 585,999 shares of Odyssey Marine Exploration exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 303,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.76-$0.87 after having opened the day at $0.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.85.

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in the archaeologically sensitive exploration and recovery of deep-ocean shipwrecks worldwide. Odyssey Marine Exploration has a market cap of $75.3 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 8.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Odyssey Marine Exploration a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Odyssey Marine Exploration

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, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on OMEX 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 Professional Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 695.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.93 million to -$7.42 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 26.04 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. To add to this, OMEX has a quick ratio of 0.56, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 52.18%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 800.00% 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.
  • ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION 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. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION continued to lose money by earning -$0.14 versus -$0.25 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 150.0% in earnings (-$0.35 versus -$0.14).
  • OMEX, with its very weak revenue results, has greatly underperformed against the industry average of 2.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues plummeted by 97.8%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Odyssey Marine Exploration Ratings Report

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