3 Stocks Pushing The Retail Industry Downward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 37 points (-0.2%) at 16,809 as of Friday, June 27, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,843 issues advancing vs. 1,114 declining with 177 unchanged.

The Retail industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the industry that increased today was L Brands ( LB), up 1.5%.

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

3. Luxottica Group SpA ( LUX) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry lower today. As of noon trading, Luxottica Group SpA is down $0.40 (-0.7%) to $57.60 on average volume. Thus far, 24,550 shares of Luxottica Group SpA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 56,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.58-$57.98 after having opened the day at $57.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.00.

Luxottica Group S.p.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides luxury and sports eyewear worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Manufacturing and Wholesale Distribution, and Retail Distribution. Luxottica Group SpA has a market cap of $27.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 7.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Luxottica Group SpA a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Luxottica Group SpA as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Luxottica Group SpA Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Family Dollar Stores ( FDO) is down $2.30 (-3.4%) to $65.70 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Family Dollar Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.33-$68.08 after having opened the day at $68.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.00.

Family Dollar Stores, Inc. operates a chain of self-service retail discount stores primarily for low- and middle-income consumers in the United States. Family Dollar Stores has a market cap of $7.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 4.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Family Dollar Stores a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Family Dollar Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, 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 has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Family Dollar Stores Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Dollar General ( DG) is down $4.19 (-6.8%) to $57.49 on heavy volume. Thus far, 16.4 million shares of Dollar General exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.76-$61.28 after having opened the day at $60.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.68.

Dollar General Corporation, a discount retailer, provides merchandise products in the United States. Dollar General has a market cap of $18.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 2.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Dollar General a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dollar General as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Dollar General 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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