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The Retail industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.1%. Laggards within the Retail industry included ALCO Stores ( ALCS), down 2.6%, China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), down 1.9%, U S Auto Parts Network ( PRTS), down 4.7%, Cache ( CACH), down 1.8% and New York & Company ( NWY), down 1.8%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

Cache ( CACH) is one of the companies that pushed the Retail industry lower today. Cache was down $0.03 (1.8%) to $1.60 on light volume. Throughout the day, 24,516 shares of Cache exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 300,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.57-$1.63 after having opened the day at $1.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.63.

Cache, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a mall-based and online woman's specialty retailer of apparel and accessories in the United States. Cache has a market cap of $35.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 70.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Cache a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Cache as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CACH go as follows:

  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.62 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.09, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Specialty Retail industry and the overall market, CACHE INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for CACHE INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 27.28%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -22.79% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to -$14.04 million or 17.19% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • CACH's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 63.19%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.

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

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At the close, U S Auto Parts Network ( PRTS) was down $0.18 (4.7%) to $3.63 on average volume. Throughout the day, 111,358 shares of U S Auto Parts Network exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 121,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.60-$3.88 after having opened the day at $3.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.81.

U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an online retailer of automotive aftermarket parts and accessories primarily in the United States, Canada, and the Philippines. It operates in two segments, Base USAP and AutoMD. U S Auto Parts Network has a market cap of $123.7 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 53.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate U S Auto Parts Network a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates U S Auto Parts Network as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PRTS go as follows:

  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.49, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 0.18 is very low and demonstrates very weak liquidity.
  • The gross profit margin for US AUTO PARTS NETWORK INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 30.43%. Regardless of PRTS's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 0.29% trails the industry average.
  • 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 Internet & Catalog Retail industry and the overall market, US AUTO PARTS NETWORK INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 508.06% to $8.14 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, US AUTO PARTS NETWORK INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 16.20%.
  • This stock has increased by 198.38% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the future course of this stock, we feel that the risks involved in investing in PRTS do not compensate for any future upside potential, despite the fact that it has seen nice gains over the past 12 months.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: U S Auto Parts Network Ratings Report

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China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD) was another company that pushed the Retail industry lower today. China Jo-Jo Drugstores was down $0.03 (1.9%) to $1.52 on light volume. Throughout the day, 13,930 shares of China Jo-Jo Drugstores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 51,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.52-$1.56 after having opened the day at $1.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.55.

China Jo-Jo Drugstores, Inc. operates as a retailer and distributor of pharmaceutical and other healthcare products in the People's Republic of China. China Jo-Jo Drugstores has a market cap of $23.3 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 69.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates China Jo-Jo Drugstores as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CJJD go as follows:

  • CHINA JO-JO DRUGSTORES 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. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, CHINA JO-JO DRUGSTORES INC swung to a loss, reporting -$1.05 versus $0.60 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 150.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$3.49 million to -$8.74 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Food & Staples Retailing industry and the overall market, CHINA JO-JO DRUGSTORES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for CHINA JO-JO DRUGSTORES INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 3.84%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -48.98% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$3.27 million or 1513.85% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: China Jo-Jo Drugstores Ratings Report

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