3 Stocks Pushing The Retail Industry Lower

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The Retail industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.1%. Laggards within the Retail industry included China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), down 6.9%, New York & Company ( NWY), down 1.6%, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage ( NGVC), down 4.1% and Sears Holdings ( SHLD), down 2.7%.

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

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage ( NGVC) is one of the companies that pushed the Retail industry lower today. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage was down $0.77 (4.1%) to $17.95 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 255,414 shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 148,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $17.88-$18.91 after having opened the day at $18.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.72.

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. operates natural and organic grocery and dietary supplement stores in the United States. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage has a market cap of $421.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 55.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, premium valuation and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on NGVC go as follows:

  • NGVC'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 55.37%, 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. Although its share price is down sharply from a year ago, do not assume that it can now be tagged as cheap and attractive. The reality is that, based on its current price in relation to its earnings, NGVC is still more expensive than most of the other companies in its industry.
  • The gross profit margin for NATURAL GROCERS VITAMIN CTGE is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 28.95%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 2.50% trails that of the industry average.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Food & Staples Retailing industry and the overall market, NATURAL GROCERS VITAMIN CTGE's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • NGVC's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.21 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.18 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Ratings Report

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