4 Stocks Dragging In The Retail Industry

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 14 points (0.1%) at 16,456 as of Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,718 issues advancing vs. 1,181 declining with 172 unchanged.

The Retail industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. A company within the industry that increased today was Delhaize Group ( DEG), up 0.1%.

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

4. GNC Holdings ( GNC) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry lower today. As of noon trading, GNC Holdings is down $0.13 (0.2%) to $58.45 on average volume. Thus far, 586,307 shares of GNC Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.34-$58.75 after having opened the day at $58.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.32.

GNC Holdings, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of health and wellness products. It operates through three segments: Retail, Franchise, and Manufacturing/Wholesale. GNC Holdings has a market cap of $5.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 74.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate GNC Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates GNC Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth 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 GNC Holdings Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Whole Foods Market ( WFM) is down $0.17 (0.3%) to $57.83 on average volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Whole Foods Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.39-$57.89 after having opened the day at $57.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.66.

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 $21.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 24.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 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 stock price during the past year. 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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2. As of noon trading, Lowe's Companies ( LOW) is down $0.30 (0.6%) to $49.55 on average volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.18-$49.60 after having opened the day at $49.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.25.

Lowe's Companies, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It offers products for maintenance, repair, remodeling, and home decorating. Lowe's Companies has a market cap of $51.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 38.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Lowe's Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lowe's Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Lowe's Companies Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, eBay ( EBAY) is down $0.86 (1.6%) to $54.86 on average volume. Thus far, 6.2 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.99-$54.97 after having opened the day at $54.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.01.

eBay Inc. provides online platforms, tools, and services to help individuals and merchants in online and mobile commerce and payments in the United States and internationally. eBay has a market cap of $70.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 6.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 24 analysts that rate eBay a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates eBay 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, reasonable valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full eBay Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 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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