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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2. As of noon trading, CVS Health ( CVS) is down $0.53 (-0.7%) to $80.07 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of CVS Health exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.92-$80.75 after having opened the day at $80.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.60.

CVS Health Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated pharmacy health care services in the United States. The company operates through Pharmacy Services and Retail Pharmacy segments. CVS Health has a market cap of $94.2 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 12.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate CVS Health a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CVS Health as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full CVS Health Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is down $0.58 (-0.8%) to $75.74 on average volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.70-$76.22 after having opened the day at $76.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.31.

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 $247.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 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, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. 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 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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