4 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Retail Industry

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 34 points (-0.2%) at 15,991 as of Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,256 issues advancing vs. 1,637 declining with 176 unchanged.

The Retail industry currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. A company within the industry that increased today was Amazon.com ( AMZN), up 0.7%.

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

4. Gap ( GPS) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry lower today. As of noon trading, Gap is down $0.83 (-2.1%) to $38.76 on average volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Gap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.52-$39.27 after having opened the day at $39.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.59.

The Gap, Inc. operates as an apparel retail company. It offers apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, children, and babies under the Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Piperlime, Athleta, and Intermix brands worldwide. Gap has a market cap of $18.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Gap a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gap 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, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Gap Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Costco Wholesale Corporation ( COST) is down $0.91 (-0.8%) to $120.75 on average volume. Thus far, 926,983 shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $120.72-$121.48 after having opened the day at $121.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $121.66.

Costco Wholesale Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates membership warehouses. The company offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. Costco Wholesale Corporation has a market cap of $53.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Costco Wholesale Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Costco Wholesale Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Costco Wholesale Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is down $0.60 (-0.8%) to $79.35 on average volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.27-$79.80 after having opened the day at $79.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.95.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $259.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Wal-Mart Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Wal-Mart Stores Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Home Depot ( HD) is down $0.85 (-1.1%) to $78.75 on average volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.74-$79.93 after having opened the day at $79.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.60.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $112.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Home Depot a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. 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 Home Depot 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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