3 Retail Stocks Dragging The Industry Down

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 68 points (-0.4%) at 17,105 as of Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,162 issues advancing vs. 1,797 declining with 186 unchanged.

The Retail industry currently sits down 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. A company within the industry that increased today was eBay ( EBAY), up 0.6%.

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

3. Lowe's Companies ( LOW) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry lower today. As of noon trading, Lowe's Companies is down $0.27 (-0.5%) to $53.19 on light volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.08-$53.48 after having opened the day at $53.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.46.

Lowe's Companies, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It offers products for maintenance, repair, remodeling, and home decorating. Lowe's Companies has a market cap of $53.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 7.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Lowe's Companies a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lowe's Companies 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Lowe's Companies Ratings Report now.

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