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The Specialty Retail industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.3%. Laggards within the Specialty Retail industry included

Lentuo International

(

LAS

), down 8.7%,

Odyssey Marine Exploration

(

OMEX

), down 2.5%,

CSS Industries

(

CSS

), down 2.8%,

West Marine

(

WMAR

), down 1.7% and

XO Group

(

XOXO

), down 2.2%.

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

CSS Industries

(

CSS

) is one of the companies that pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today. CSS Industries was down $0.79 (2.8%) to $27.70 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 43,366 shares of CSS Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 21,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $27.70-$28.88 after having opened the day at $28.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.49.

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 $269.2 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 3.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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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 increase in stock price during the past year. 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 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. 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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At the close,

Odyssey Marine Exploration

(

OMEX

) was down $0.02 (2.5%) to $0.58 on light volume. Throughout the day, 249,853 shares of Odyssey Marine Exploration exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 354,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.55-$0.60 after having opened the day at $0.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.59.

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 $51.5 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 36.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Odyssey Marine Exploration a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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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.

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 64.63%, 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 4.4%. 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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Lentuo International

(

LAS

) was another company that pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today. Lentuo International was down $0.06 (8.7%) to $0.64 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 490,137 shares of Lentuo International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 217,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.64-$0.70 after having opened the day at $0.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.70.

Lentuo International Inc. operates automobile franchise dealerships in the People's Republic of China. Lentuo International has a market cap of $17.4 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 19.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Lentuo International

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, notable return on equity and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LAS go as follows:

  • LENTUO INTERNATIONAL -ADR reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. 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, LENTUO INTERNATIONAL -ADR turned its bottom line around by earning $0.12 versus -$0.03 in the prior year.
  • LAS, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 13.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 13.1%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to not be hurting the bottom line, shown by stable earnings per share.
  • LAS'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 86.57%, which is also worse than the performance of the S&P 500 Index. 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 debt-to-equity ratio of 1.25 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 0.26, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Lentuo International Ratings Report

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