5 Stocks Pushing The Retail Industry Downward

All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 41 points (-0.3%) at 15,444 as of Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 951 issues advancing vs. 1,969 declining with 95 unchanged.

The Retail industry currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Macy's ( M), down 1.0%, and Luxottica Group ( LUX), down 0.8%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

5. Abercrombie & Fitch Company ( ANF) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry lower today. As of noon trading, Abercrombie & Fitch Company is down $1.56 (-3.0%) to $49.84 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Abercrombie & Fitch Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.61-$51.48 after having opened the day at $51.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.40.

Abercrombie & Fitch Co., through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of casual apparel for men, women, and kids. It operates through three segments: U.S. Stores, International Stores, and Direct-to-Consumer. Abercrombie & Fitch Company has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 6.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Abercrombie & Fitch Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Abercrombie & Fitch Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Abercrombie & Fitch Company Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Bed Bath & Beyond ( BBBY) is down $0.85 (-1.1%) to $75.74 on average volume. Thus far, 830,505 shares of Bed Bath & Beyond exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.25-$76.92 after having opened the day at $76.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.59.

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates a chain of retail stores. Bed Bath & Beyond has a market cap of $16.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 37.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Bed Bath & Beyond a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bed Bath & Beyond as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Bed Bath & Beyond Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Whole Foods Market ( WFM) is down $0.35 (-0.6%) to $56.32 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Whole Foods Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.94-$56.70 after having opened the day at $56.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.67.

Whole Foods Market, Inc. owns and operates a chain of natural and organic foods supermarkets. The company offers produce, grocery, meat and poultry, seafood, bakery, prepared foods and catering, coffee and tea, nutritional supplements, and vitamins. Whole Foods Market has a market cap of $20.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 23.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Whole Foods Market a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whole Foods Market 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. 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 Whole Foods Market Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Best Buy ( BBY) is down $0.54 (-1.8%) to $29.06 on light volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Best Buy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.82-$29.70 after having opened the day at $29.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.60.

Best Buy Co., Inc. operates as a retailer of consumer electronics, computing and mobile phone products, entertainment products, appliances, and related services primarily in the United States, Europe, Canada, and China. Best Buy has a market cap of $10.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 150.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Best Buy a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Best Buy as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally high debt management risk. Get the full Best Buy Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, J.C. Penney ( JCP) is down $0.52 (-3.0%) to $17.10 on light volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of J.C. Penney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.04-$17.80 after having opened the day at $17.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.62.

J. C. Penney Company, Inc., through its subsidiary, J. C. Penney Corporation, Inc., operates department stores. The company sells family apparel and footwear, accessories, fine and fashion jewelry, beauty products, and home furnishings. J.C. Penney has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 10.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate J.C. Penney a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates J.C. Penney as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full J.C. Penney 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 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).
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