3 Stocks Pulling The Retail Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 76 points (0.5%) at 16,332 as of Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,886 issues advancing vs. 1,057 declining with 161 unchanged.

The Retail industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. A company within the industry that fell today was Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD), up 2.5%.

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

3. Gap ( GPS) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry lower today. As of noon trading, Gap is down $0.59 (-1.4%) to $40.15 on average volume. Thus far, 3.5 million shares of Gap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.82-$40.78 after having opened the day at $40.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.74.

The Gap, Inc. operates as an apparel retail company worldwide. It provides apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, Athleta, and Intermix brands. Gap has a market cap of $18.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 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 notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year 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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2. As of noon trading, TJX Companies ( TJX) is down $0.48 (-0.8%) to $59.97 on average volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of TJX Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.32-$60.52 after having opened the day at $60.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.45.

The TJX Companies, Inc. operates as an off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the United States and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Marmaxx, HomeGoods, TJX Canada, and TJX Europe. TJX Companies has a market cap of $42.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 5.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate TJX Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TJX Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full TJX Companies Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is down $0.75 (-1.0%) to $77.43 on average volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.41-$78.22 after having opened the day at $78.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.18.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $249.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 0.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Wal-Mart Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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, good cash flow from operations, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Wal-Mart Stores 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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