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

Rush

(

RUSHB

), down 2.1%,

Titan Machinery

(

TITN

), down 2.2%,

Big 5 Sporting Goods

(

BGFV

), down 1.6%,

1-800 Flowers.com

(

FLWS

), down 3.8% and

Party City Holdco

(

PRTY

), down 1.8%.

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

Big 5 Sporting Goods

(

BGFV

) is one of the companies that pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today. Big 5 Sporting Goods was down $0.18 (1.6%) to $11.04 on average volume. Throughout the day, 199,972 shares of Big 5 Sporting Goods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 215,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $10.76-$11.14 after having opened the day at $11.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.22.

Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation operates as a sporting goods retailer in the western United States. Big 5 Sporting Goods has a market cap of $249.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 23.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Big 5 Sporting Goods a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Big 5 Sporting Goods

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on BGFV go as follows:

  • The stock has risen over the past year as investors have generally rewarded the company for its earnings growth and other positive factors like the ones we have cited in this report. 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.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 8.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.0%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.39, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.11 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • BIG 5 SPORTING GOODS CORP has improved earnings per share by 9.1% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, BIG 5 SPORTING GOODS CORP reported lower earnings of $0.67 versus $1.26 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.76 versus $0.67).

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Big 5 Sporting Goods Ratings Report

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At the close,

Titan Machinery

(

TITN

) was down $0.31 (2.2%) to $14.05 on light volume. Throughout the day, 106,602 shares of Titan Machinery exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 166,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $13.67-$14.49 after having opened the day at $14.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.36.

Titan Machinery Inc. owns and operates a network of full service agricultural and construction equipment stores in the United States and Europe. The company operates through three segments: Agriculture, Construction, and International. Titan Machinery has a market cap of $308.3 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Titan Machinery a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Titan Machinery

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on TITN go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.21 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.24, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Trading Companies & Distributors industry and the overall market, TITAN MACHINERY INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for TITAN MACHINERY INC is rather low; currently it is at 19.00%. Regardless of TITN's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, TITN's net profit margin of -1.78% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • In its most recent trading session, TITN has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. Regardless of the rise in share value over the previous year, we feel that the risks involved in investing in this stock do not compensate for any future upside potential.
  • TITN, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 4.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 24.1%. 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:

Titan Machinery Ratings Report

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Rush

(

RUSHB

) was another company that pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today. Rush was down $0.49 (2.1%) to $23.08 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 40,563 shares of Rush exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 27,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $22.90-$23.50 after having opened the day at $23.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.57.

Rush Enterprises, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated retailer of commercial vehicles and related services in the United States. The company operates a network of commercial vehicle dealerships under the Rush Truck Centers name. Rush has a market cap of $235.8 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 16.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Rush

as a

hold

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

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on RUSHB go as follows:

  • RUSHB's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 4.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 12.5%. 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.
  • RUSH ENTERPRISES INC' earnings per share from the most recent quarter came in slightly below the year earlier quarter. 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, RUSH ENTERPRISES INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.96 versus $1.22 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 6.4% in earnings ($1.84 versus $1.96).
  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.88 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.20, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for RUSH ENTERPRISES INC is rather low; currently it is at 15.61%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.47% trails that of the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Rush Ratings Report

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