LUX, CBD And WMT, Pushing 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 48 points (-0.3%) at 16,864 as of Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,073 issues advancing vs. 1,897 declining with 171 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 fell today was Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), up 1.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Whole Foods Market ( WFM), up 2.7%, AutoZone ( AZO), up 1.9% and Walgreen ( WAG), up 0.8%.

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 $0.90 (-1.6%) to $56.18 on light volume. Thus far, 17,124 shares of Luxottica Group SpA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 59,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.03-$56.50 after having opened the day at $56.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.08.

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 $27.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 5.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD) is down $0.80 (-1.6%) to $49.06 on light volume. Thus far, 171,110 shares of Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 658,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.06-$49.75 after having opened the day at $49.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.86.

Companhia Brasileira de Distribuic o is engaged in the retail of food, clothing, home appliances, electronics, and other products in Brazil. It operates in four segments: Retail, Home appliances, Cash & Carry, and E-commerce. Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao has a market cap of $13.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 11.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is down $0.48 (-0.6%) to $74.96 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.6 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.67-$75.92 after having opened the day at $75.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.44.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $244.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 4.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Wal-Mart Stores a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Wal-Mart Stores 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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