3 Stocks Pushing The Retail Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 42 points (0.3%) at 14,338 as of Thursday, March 7, 2013, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,674 issues advancing vs. 1,197 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Retail industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. A company within the industry that fell today was Lowe's Companies ( LOW), up 1.3%.

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

3. Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry lower today. As of noon trading, Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao is down $1.67 (-3.1%) to $51.57 on heavy volume Thus far, 416,070 shares of Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 463,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.29-$52.50 after having opened the day at $52.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.24.

Companhia Brasileira de Distribuic o engages in the retail of food and non-food products to individual consumers through its chain of hypermarkets, supermarkets, specialized and department stores, and the Internet. Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao has a market cap of $13.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 48.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ross Stores ( ROST) is down $2.95 (-4.9%) to $56.75 on heavy volume Thus far, 3.0 million shares of Ross Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.31-$59.61 after having opened the day at $59.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.70.

Ross Stores, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates off-price retail apparel and home fashion stores under the Ross Dress for Less and dd's DISCOUNTS brand names in the United States. Ross Stores has a market cap of $13.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Ross Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ross Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Ross Stores Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS) is down $1.80 (-2.9%) to $59.39 on average volume Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Michael Kors Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.28-$61.33 after having opened the day at $61.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.19.

Michael Kors Holdings Limited engages in the design, marketing, distribution, and retail of branded women's apparel and accessories, and men's apparel. The company sells its products primarily under the names of Michael Kors, MICHAEL KORS, MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS, and KORS MICHAEL KORS. Michael Kors Holdings has a market cap of $12.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Michael Kors Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Michael Kors Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, notable return on equity and robust revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock itself is trading at a premium valuation. Get the full Michael Kors Holdings Ratings Report now.

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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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