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All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 223.03 points (-1.3%) at 16,321 as of Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 968 issues advancing vs. 2,084 declining with 146 unchanged.

The Specialty Retail industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.6%. Top gainers within the Specialty Retail industry included

DGSE Companies

(

DGSE

), up 7.5%,

Dover Saddlery

(

DOVR

), up 4.2%,

Lentuo International

(

LAS

), up 2.0%,

CSS Industries

(

CSS

), up 4.5% and

XO Group

(

XOXO

), up 5.5%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

CSS Industries

(

CSS

) is one of the companies that pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today. CSS Industries was up $1.10 (4.5%) to $25.38 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 37,853 shares of CSS Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $23.93-$25.40 after having opened the day at $24.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.28.

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 $223.8 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 15.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate CSS Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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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 revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CSS go as follows:

  • CSS's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 5.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • 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 3.70, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • CSS INDUSTRIES INC has improved earnings per share by 22.2% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. During the past fiscal year, CSS INDUSTRIES INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.97 versus $1.62 in the prior year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Household Durables industry average. The net income increased by 20.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$1.67 million to -$1.33 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

CSS Industries Ratings Report

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At the close,

Lentuo International

(

LAS

) was up $0.03 (2.0%) to $1.50 on light volume. Throughout the day, 87,124 shares of Lentuo International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 186,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.46-$1.56 after having opened the day at $1.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.47.

Lentuo International Inc. operates automobile franchise dealerships in the People's Republic of China. Lentuo International has a market cap of $50.8 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 46.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Lentuo International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Lentuo International 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 unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LAS go as follows:

  • LAS's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 0.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.4%. 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.
  • LENTUO INTERNATIONAL -ADR's earnings per share declined by 41.7% 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, LENTUO INTERNATIONAL -ADR turned its bottom line around by earning $0.12 versus -$0.03 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 Specialty Retail industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 36.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $3.46 million to $2.21 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.38 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 0.29, 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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Dover Saddlery

(

DOVR

) was another company that pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today. Dover Saddlery was up $0.20 (4.2%) to $4.95 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,073 shares of Dover Saddlery exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.90-$4.95 after having opened the day at $4.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.75.

Dover Saddlery, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer and omni-channel marketer of equestrian products in the United States. The company offers a selection of products required to own, ride, train, and compete with a horse. Dover Saddlery has a market cap of $26.3 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 8.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Dover Saddlery a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dover Saddlery as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, unimpressive growth in net income and generally higher debt management risk.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on DOVR go as follows:

  • DOVR's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 0.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.2%. 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.
  • 39.96% is the gross profit margin for DOVER SADDLERY INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 1.07% trails the industry average.
  • DOVER SADDLERY INC's earnings per share declined by 16.7% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, DOVER SADDLERY INC reported lower earnings of $0.27 versus $0.31 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 Specialty Retail industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 26.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.36 million to $0.26 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Dover Saddlery Ratings Report

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