HSNI, VSI And BID, 3 Specialty Retail Stocks Pushing The Industry Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 61 points (0.4%) at 15,361 as of Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,640 issues advancing vs. 1,247 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Specialty Retail industry currently sits up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. A company within the industry that fell today was Cencosud ( CNCO), up 0.9%. A company within the industry that increased today was Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), up 0.9%.

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

3. HSN ( HSNI) is one of the companies pushing the Specialty Retail industry lower today. As of noon trading, HSN is down $0.43 (-0.8%) to $55.87 on light volume. Thus far, 19,186 shares of HSN exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 168,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.58-$56.54 after having opened the day at $56.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.30.

HSN, Inc., an interactive multi-channel retailer, provides retail experiences through various platforms, including television, online, mobile, catalogs, and retail and outlet stores. It markets and sells a range of third party and private label merchandise primarily in the United States. HSN has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 2.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate HSN a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HSN 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, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full HSN Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Vitamin Shoppe ( VSI) is down $1.91 (-4.5%) to $40.05 on heavy volume. Thus far, 331,231 shares of Vitamin Shoppe exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 433,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.01-$41.38 after having opened the day at $41.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.96.

Vitamin Shoppe, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer and direct marketer of nutritional products in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Retail and Direct. Vitamin Shoppe has a market cap of $1.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 26.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Vitamin Shoppe a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vitamin Shoppe as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Vitamin Shoppe Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Sothebys ( BID) is down $0.40 (-0.8%) to $48.40 on light volume. Thus far, 219,063 shares of Sothebys exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.40-$49.06 after having opened the day at $49.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.81.

Sotheby's operates as an auctioneer of authenticated fine art, decorative art, and jewelry. The company operates in three segments: Auction, Finance, and Dealer. Sothebys has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 43.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Sothebys a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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).

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