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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 40 points (0.2%) at 16,487 as of Friday, May 16, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,578 issues advancing vs. 1,383 declining with 164 unchanged.

The Retail industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.3%. Top gainers within the Retail industry included QKL Stores ( QKLS), up 2.5%, ALCO Stores ( ALCS), up 2.2%, Gordman's Stores ( GMAN), up 6.7%, Village Super Market ( VLGEA), up 4.0% and Body Central ( BODY), up 1.6%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

Village Super Market ( VLGEA) is one of the companies that pushed the Retail industry higher today. Village Super Market was up $0.98 (4.0%) to $25.18 on light volume. Throughout the day, 11,424 shares of Village Super Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 20,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $23.64-$25.18 after having opened the day at $24.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.20.

Village Super Market, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates a chain of supermarkets in the United States. Village Super Market has a market cap of $239.9 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 22.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Village Super Market a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Village Super Market as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on VLGEA go as follows:

  • VLGEA's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 5.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.6%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $33.30 million or 46.49% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, VILLAGE SUPER MARKET has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -3.94%.
  • VLGEA's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.18 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.99 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • VILLAGE SUPER MARKET has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, VILLAGE SUPER MARKET reported lower earnings of $1.84 versus $2.27 in the prior year.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Food & Staples Retailing industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 69.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $9.10 million to $2.82 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Village Super Market Ratings Report

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At the close, Gordman's Stores ( GMAN) was up $0.32 (6.7%) to $5.07 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 165,994 shares of Gordman's Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 86,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.70-$5.12 after having opened the day at $4.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.75.

Gordmans Stores, Inc. operates department stores under the Gordmans name in the United States. Its merchandise selection includes a range of apparel, footwear, and home fashions products, as well as accessories. Gordman's Stores has a market cap of $85.9 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 38.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Gordman's Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Gordman's Stores as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on GMAN go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $16.15 million or 43.29% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -3.65%.
  • 37.96% is the gross profit margin for GORDMANS STORES INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of GMAN's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 1.35% trails the industry average.
  • GORDMANS STORES INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per share have declined over the last two years. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, GORDMANS STORES INC reported lower earnings of $0.42 versus $1.21 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 48.8% in earnings ($0.22 versus $0.42).
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Multiline Retail industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 65.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $7.94 million to $2.73 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Gordman's Stores Ratings Report

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QKL Stores ( QKLS) was another company that pushed the Retail industry higher today. QKL Stores was up $0.09 (2.5%) to $3.64 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,451 shares of QKL Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.34-$3.64 after having opened the day at $3.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.55.

QKL Stores Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the operation of retail chain stores in the People's Republic of China. The company's supermarkets and hypermarkets sell a selection of merchandise, including groceries, fresh food, and non-food items. QKL Stores has a market cap of $5.6 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 15.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate QKL Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates QKL Stores as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally high debt management risk.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on QKLS go as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for QKL STORES INC is rather low; currently it is at 16.99%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -17.12% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$41.03 million or 184.97% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • QKLS's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.76 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 0.32 is very low and demonstrates very weak liquidity.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Food & Staples Retailing industry and the overall market, QKL STORES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • QKLS, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 5.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 21.5%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: QKL Stores Ratings Report

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