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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