3 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 91 points (0.6%) at 16,492 as of Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,744 issues advancing vs. 1,239 declining with 163 unchanged.

The Retail industry currently sits down 1.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Amazon.com ( AMZN), down 2.7%, eBay ( EBAY), down 0.9% and Home Depot ( HD), down 0.8%.

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

3. GNC Holdings ( GNC) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry lower today. As of noon trading, GNC Holdings is down $6.70 (-15.4%) to $36.94 on heavy volume. Thus far, 8.5 million shares of GNC Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.55-$39.90 after having opened the day at $39.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.65.

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 $4.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 25.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate GNC Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full GNC Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS) is down $10.52 (-7.1%) to $137.00 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Vipshop Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $134.70-$147.02 after having opened the day at $146.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $147.52.

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 $8.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 76.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Vipshop Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vipshop Holdings 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 notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Vipshop Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Whole Foods Market ( WFM) is down $8.95 (-18.7%) to $39.00 on heavy volume. Thus far, 35.0 million shares of Whole Foods Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.31-$39.48 after having opened the day at $39.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.95.

Whole Foods Market, Inc. operates as a retailer of natural and organic foods. Whole Foods Market has a market cap of $18.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 17.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Whole Foods Market a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. 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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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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