3 Stocks Pulling The Specialty Retail Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 137 points (0.8%) at 16,460 as of Monday, March 31, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,329 issues advancing vs. 681 declining with 134 unchanged.

The Specialty Retail industry currently sits up 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.9%.

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

3. Royal Philips ( PHG) is one of the companies pushing the Specialty Retail industry lower today. As of noon trading, Royal Philips is down $0.19 (-0.5%) to $35.18 on average volume. Thus far, 300,007 shares of Royal Philips exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 573,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.09-$35.48 after having opened the day at $35.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.37.

Koninklijke Philips N.V. is engaged in healthcare, consumer lifestyle, and lighting businesses worldwide. Royal Philips has a market cap of $32.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 4.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Royal Philips a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Philips as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins 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 Royal Philips Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Staples ( SPLS) is down $0.10 (-0.9%) to $11.27 on light volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of Staples exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.20-$11.43 after having opened the day at $11.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.37.

Staples, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates office products superstores. It operates in three segments: North American Stores & Online, North American Commercial, and International Operations. Staples has a market cap of $7.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 28.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Staples a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Staples as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Staples Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Netflix ( NFLX) is down $2.87 (-0.8%) to $356.00 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $354.10-$366.86 after having opened the day at $361.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $358.87.

Netflix, Inc. provides Internet television network service that enables subscribers to stream TV shows and movies directly on TVs, computers, and mobile devices in the United States and internationally. Netflix has a market cap of $21.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Netflix a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Netflix as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust 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 Netflix 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 specialty retail industry could consider SPDR S&P Retail ETF ( XRT) while those bearish on the specialty retail industry could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).
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