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One out of the three major indices traded up today Two out of the three major indices traded up today The three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 30.21 points (-0.2%) at 16,882 as of Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,028 issues advancing vs. 1,986 declining with 144 unchanged.

The Specialty Retail industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.1%. Top gainers within the Specialty Retail industry included Dover Saddlery ( DOVR), up 1.8%, Mecox Lane ( MCOX), up 2.8%, Trans World Entertainment ( TWMC), up 2.5%, Pantry ( PTRY), up 12.4% and FTD Companies ( FTD), up 12.6%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

Trans World Entertainment ( TWMC) is one of the companies that pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today. Trans World Entertainment was up $0.09 (2.5%) to $3.65 on light volume. Throughout the day, 13,603 shares of Trans World Entertainment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 60,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.57-$3.78 after having opened the day at $3.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.56.

Trans World Entertainment Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of entertainment products, including video, music, electronics, trend items, video games, accessories, and related products through its retail stores and e-commerce sites. Trans World Entertainment has a market cap of $115.7 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 19.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Trans World Entertainment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Trans World Entertainment as a hold. 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 and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on TWMC go as follows:

  • TWMC's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.01 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels.
  • 37.72% is the gross profit margin for TRANS WORLD ENTMT CORP which we consider to be strong. Regardless of TWMC's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -0.44% trails the industry average.
  • 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 Specialty Retail industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 124.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.60 million to -$0.39 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 Specialty Retail industry and the overall market, TRANS WORLD ENTMT CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Trans World Entertainment Ratings Report

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At the close, Mecox Lane ( MCOX) was up $0.12 (2.8%) to $4.35 on average volume. Throughout the day, 22,601 shares of Mecox Lane exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.30-$4.49 after having opened the day at $4.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.23.

Mecox Lane Limited designs and sells apparel, accessories, and home and healthcare products through its online platform and stores in the People's Republic of China. Mecox Lane has a market cap of $55.7 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 15.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Mecox Lane a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Mecox Lane 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 and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on MCOX go as follows:

  • MECOX LANE LTD's earnings per share declined by 25.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, MECOX LANE LTD reported poor results of -$2.20 versus -$1.95 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 Internet & Catalog Retail industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 37.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$4.23 million to -$5.80 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 Internet & Catalog Retail industry and the overall market, MECOX LANE LTD's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • MCOX, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 0.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 8.5%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • MCOX 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 0.50 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.

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

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Dover Saddlery ( DOVR) was another company that pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today. Dover Saddlery was up $0.09 (1.8%) to $5.19 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,500 shares of Dover Saddlery exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.05-$5.26 after having opened the day at $5.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.10.

Dover Saddlery, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer and omni-channel marketer of equestrian products in the United States. The company offers a selection of products required to own, ride, train, and compete with a horse. Dover Saddlery has a market cap of $27.4 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 4.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Dover Saddlery a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dover Saddlery as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on DOVR go as follows:

  • DOVR's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 0.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.3%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displaying stagnant earnings per share.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, DOVR's share price has jumped by 30.83%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Although DOVR had significant growth over the past year, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock at the current time.
  • 37.72% is the gross profit margin for DOVER SADDLERY INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -2.75% trails the industry average.
  • 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 0.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$0.54 million to -$0.54 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$7.09 million or 81.24% 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: Dover Saddlery Ratings Report

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