4 Stocks Pulling The Retail Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 53 points (0.4%) at 14,950 as of Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,495 issues advancing vs. 481 declining with 77 unchanged.

The Retail industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.7%.

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

4. Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry lower today. As of noon trading, Sears Holdings Corporation is down $3.59 (-8.3%) to $39.68 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Sears Holdings Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 840,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.06-$40.74 after having opened the day at $39.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.27.

Sears Holdings Corporation operates as a specialty retailer in the United States and Canada. The company's Kmart segment operates stores that sell merchandise under Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer labels; and Sears brand products, such as Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard. Sears Holdings Corporation has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Sears Holdings Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sears Holdings Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Sears Holdings Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Abercrombie & Fitch Company ( ANF) is down $8.33 (-17.8%) to $38.47 on heavy volume. Thus far, 14.5 million shares of Abercrombie & Fitch Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.90-$39.05 after having opened the day at $37.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.80.

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 $3.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 2.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Abercrombie & Fitch Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 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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2. As of noon trading, L Brands ( LTD) is down $1.99 (-3.3%) to $57.86 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of L Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.01-$59.97 after having opened the day at $59.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.85.

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 $17.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 27.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate L Brands a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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, Target ( TGT) is down $0.90 (-1.4%) to $64.60 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.8 million shares of Target exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.50-$65.39 after having opened the day at $64.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.50.

Target Corporation operates general merchandise stores in the United States. Target has a market cap of $43.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 10.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Target a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Target 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 Target 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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