3 Stocks Pushing The Retail Industry Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 10 points (-0.1%) at 13,082 as of Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, 1:34 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,351 issues advancing vs. 1,574 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Retail industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the industry that increased today was Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), up 2.3%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. IAC/InterActiveCorp ( IACI) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry lower today. As of noon trading, IAC/InterActiveCorp is down $1.68 (-3.6%) to $45.53 on average volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of IAC/InterActiveCorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 879,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.41-$47.63 after having opened the day at $47.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.21.

IAC/InterActiveCorp engages in the Internet business in the United States and internationally. IAC/InterActiveCorp has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate IAC/InterActiveCorp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates IAC/InterActiveCorp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full IAC/InterActiveCorp Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, Dollar Tree Stores ( DLTR) is down $0.29 (-0.7%) to $39.30 on average volume Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Dollar Tree Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.76-$39.59 after having opened the day at $39.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.59.

Dollar Tree, Inc. operates discount variety stores in the United States and Canada. Its stores offer merchandise at the fixed price of $1.00. Dollar Tree Stores has a market cap of $9.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Dollar Tree Stores a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dollar Tree Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Dollar Tree Stores Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, Walgreen Company ( WAG) is down $0.72 (-2.1%) to $34.17 on average volume Thus far, 6.4 million shares of Walgreen Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.06-$34.76 after having opened the day at $34.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.89.

Walgreen Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates a chain of drugstores in the United States. Walgreen Company has a market cap of $33.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Walgreen Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walgreen Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Walgreen Company Ratings Report now.

If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the retail industry could consider SPDR S&P Retail ETF ( XRT) while those bearish on the retail industry could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.
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