4 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 23 points (-0.1%) at 15,403 as of Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,506 issues advancing vs. 1,423 declining with 115 unchanged.

The Retail industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Luxottica Group ( LUX), down 0.9%, and Kroger ( KR), down 0.8%.

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

4. AutoZone ( AZO) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry lower today. As of noon trading, AutoZone is down $3.62 (-0.8%) to $425.97 on average volume. Thus far, 122,925 shares of AutoZone exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 237,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $424.78-$429.87 after having opened the day at $428.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $429.59.

AutoZone, Inc. engages in retailing and distributing automotive replacement parts and accessories. AutoZone has a market cap of $15.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 21.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate AutoZone a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AutoZone as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full AutoZone Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Whole Foods Market ( WFM) is down $0.42 (-0.8%) to $55.00 on light volume. Thus far, 735,282 shares of Whole Foods Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.91-$55.62 after having opened the day at $55.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.42.

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 $20.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 22.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 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 expanding profit margins. 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, L Brands ( LTD) is down $0.47 (-0.8%) to $60.80 on light volume. Thus far, 742,728 shares of L Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.64-$61.23 after having opened the day at $60.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.27.

L Brands, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of women's intimate and other apparel, beauty and personal care products, and accessories. L Brands has a market cap of $17.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 30.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate L Brands a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates L Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full L Brands Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Macy's ( M) is down $0.35 (-0.7%) to $48.17 on average volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Macy's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.93-$48.48 after having opened the day at $48.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.52.

Macy's, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates stores and Internet Websites in the United States. Macy's has a market cap of $18.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 24.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Macy's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macy's 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, increase in net income, revenue growth 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 Macy's 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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