3 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Retail Industry

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 16,443 as of Friday, March 7, 2014, 12:10 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,182 issues advancing vs. 1,749 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Retail industry currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Big Lots ( BIG), up 18.1%, Foot Locker ( FL), up 7.1% and Walgreen Company ( WAG), up 0.8%.

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

3. Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry lower today. As of noon trading, Vipshop Holdings is down $6.89 (-3.9%) to $169.10 on average volume. Thus far, 599,849 shares of Vipshop Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $169.00-$177.37 after having opened the day at $176.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $175.99.

Vipshop Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as an online discount retailer for various brands in the People's Republic of China. Vipshop Holdings has a market cap of $9.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 110.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Vipshop Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vipshop 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Vipshop Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Gap ( GPS) is down $0.32 (-0.8%) to $41.97 on heavy volume. Thus far, 7.1 million shares of Gap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.05-$42.27 after having opened the day at $41.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.29.

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 $19.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 9.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Gap a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 17 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gap as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Gap Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, eBay ( EBAY) is down $0.37 (-0.6%) to $58.93 on light volume. Thus far, 3.7 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.68-$59.55 after having opened the day at $59.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.30.

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 $76.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 7.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 22 analysts that rate eBay a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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 3 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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