5 Stocks Pushing The Retail Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 15 points (0.1%) at 16,035 as of Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,480 issues advancing vs. 1,397 declining with 175 unchanged.

The Retail industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include J.C. Penney ( JCP), up 4.3%, Gap ( GPS), up 0.7% and Luxottica Group ( LUX), up 0.5%.

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

5. Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry lower today. As of noon trading, Sears Holdings Corporation is down $1.15 (-2.4%) to $46.94 on average volume. Thus far, 883,121 shares of Sears Holdings Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.90-$48.56 after having opened the day at $48.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.09.

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 $5.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 20.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Sears Holdings Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Restoration Hardware Holdings ( RH) is down $3.22 (-4.4%) to $69.30 on heavy volume. Thus far, 932,938 shares of Restoration Hardware Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 917,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.96-$72.50 after having opened the day at $72.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.52.

Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the retail of home furnishings. Restoration Hardware Holdings has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 115.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Restoration Hardware Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Restoration Hardware Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Restoration Hardware Holdings Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, L Brands ( LTD) is down $0.89 (-1.4%) to $62.45 on light volume. Thus far, 358,628 shares of L Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.42-$63.67 after having opened the day at $63.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.34.

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 $18.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 39.1% 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 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. 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 L Brands Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Whole Foods Market ( WFM) is down $0.52 (-0.9%) to $55.74 on light volume. Thus far, 769,563 shares of Whole Foods Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.66-$56.64 after having opened the day at $56.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.26.

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. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Whole Foods Market a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. 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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1. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is down $2.16 (-0.6%) to $384.79 on light volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $382.57-$388.21 after having opened the day at $388.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $386.95.

Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. The company operates in two segments, North America and International. Amazon.com has a market cap of $176.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 1373.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 53.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 23 analysts that rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amazon.com as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Amazon.com 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 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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