3 Stocks Pushing The Specialty Retail Industry Lower

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The Specialty Retail industry as a whole closed the day down 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.6%. Laggards within the Specialty Retail industry included DGSE Companies ( DGSE), down 2.7%, Mecox Lane ( MCOX), down 3.4%, Lentuo International ( LAS), down 4.7%, West Marine ( WMAR), down 4.5% and 1-800 Flowers.com ( FLWS), down 2.0%.

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

West Marine ( WMAR) is one of the companies that pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today. West Marine was down $0.40 (4.5%) to $8.41 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 106,558 shares of West Marine exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 55,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $8.37-$8.86 after having opened the day at $8.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.81.

West Marine, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of boating supplies, gear, apparel, footwear, and other water life-related products primarily in the United States. West Marine has a market cap of $230.5 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 38.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates West Marine a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates West Marine as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its 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, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on WMAR go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has increased to -$27.75 million or 27.74% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -3.74%.
  • WMAR has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.22 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 1.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 0.8%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Specialty Retail industry average. The net income has decreased by 13.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$9.73 million to -$11.02 million.
  • Reflecting the weaknesses we have cited, including the decline in the company's earnings per share, WMAR has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 19.12% from its price level of one year ago. Looking ahead, we do not see anything in this company's numbers that would change the one-year trend. It was down over the last twelve months; and it could be down again in the next twelve. Naturally, a bull or bear market could sway the movement of this stock.

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

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