3 Stocks Pushing 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 55 points (0.3%) at 16,661 as of Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,943 issues advancing vs. 1,024 declining with 173 unchanged.

The Retail industry currently sits up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%.

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

3. AutoZone ( AZO) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry lower today. As of noon trading, AutoZone is down $10.64 (-2.0%) to $530.26 on heavy volume. Thus far, 205,214 shares of AutoZone exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 260,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $529.15-$546.70 after having opened the day at $541.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $540.90.

AutoZone, Inc. is engaged in retailing and distributing automotive replacement parts and accessories. AutoZone has a market cap of $18.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 13.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate AutoZone a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AutoZone as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full AutoZone Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, TJX Companies ( TJX) is down $0.46 (-0.8%) to $54.69 on average volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of TJX Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.58-$55.49 after having opened the day at $55.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.15.

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 $38.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 13.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate TJX Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. 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, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is down $4.24 (-1.4%) to $308.00 on average volume. Thus far, 3.3 million shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $307.50-$314.63 after having opened the day at $314.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $312.24.

Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. The company operates in two segments, North America and International. Amazon.com has a market cap of $143.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 21.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 26 analysts that rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amazon.com as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full Amazon.com 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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