4 Stocks Dragging The Specialty Retail Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 20 points (-0.1%) at 15,298 as of Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,604 issues advancing vs. 474 declining with 57 unchanged.

The Specialty Retail industry currently sits down 0.17 versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.17.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

4. Luxottica Group ( LUX) is one of the companies pushing the Specialty Retail industry lower today. As of noon trading, Luxottica Group is down $0.28 (-0.5%) to $53.36 on average volume Thus far, 30,735 shares of Luxottica Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 68,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.13-$53.71 after having opened the day at $53.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.64.

Luxottica Group S.p.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides luxury and sports eyewear worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Manufacturing and Wholesale Distribution, and Retail Distribution. Luxottica Group has a market cap of $25.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 46.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Luxottica Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Luxottica Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Luxottica Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Tractor Supply ( TSCO) is down $0.94 (-0.8%) to $116.67 on light volume Thus far, 154,566 shares of Tractor Supply exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 545,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $116.25-$117.95 after having opened the day at $117.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $117.61.

Tractor Supply Company operates retail farm and ranch stores in the United States. Tractor Supply has a market cap of $8.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 33.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Tractor Supply a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tractor Supply as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Tractor Supply Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Tiffany ( TIF) is down $0.65 (-0.8%) to $75.94 on light volume Thus far, 344,633 shares of Tiffany exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.83-$76.76 after having opened the day at $76.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.59.

Tiffany & Co., through its subsidiaries, engages in the design, manufacture, and retail of jewelry worldwide. The company operates through Americas, Asia-Pacific, Japan, Europe, and Other segments. Tiffany has a market cap of $9.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 33.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Tiffany a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tiffany 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, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Tiffany Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Staples ( SPLS) is down $0.16 (-1.0%) to $16.32 on light volume Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Staples exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.27-$16.51 after having opened the day at $16.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.48.

Staples, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an office products company. It operates in three segments: North American Stores & Online, North American Commercial, and International Operations. Staples has a market cap of $10.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 44.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Staples a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Staples as a hold. 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 solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Staples Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the specialty retail industry could consider SPDR S&P Retail ETF ( XRT) while those bearish on the specialty 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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