3 Stocks Pushing The Specialty Retail Industry Lower

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The Specialty Retail industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.6%. Laggards within the Specialty Retail industry included China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 6.4%, DGSE Companies ( DGSE), down 3.5%, Mecox Lane ( MCOX), down 3.7%, CSS Industries ( CSS), down 2.1% and Odyssey Marine Exploration ( OMEX), down 3.3%.

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

CSS Industries ( CSS) is one of the companies that pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today. CSS Industries was down $0.52 (2.1%) to $23.97 on light volume. Throughout the day, 11,526 shares of CSS Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $23.90-$24.46 after having opened the day at $24.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.49.

CSS Industries, Inc., a consumer products company, is engaged in the design, manufacture, procurement, distribution, and sale of various occasion and seasonal social expression products primarily to mass market retailers primarily in the United States and Canada. CSS Industries has a market cap of $225.6 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 14.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates CSS Industries as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CSS go as follows:

  • CSS's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 5.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • CSS 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. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.70, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Household Durables industry average. The net income increased by 20.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$1.67 million to -$1.33 million.
  • CSS INDUSTRIES INC has improved earnings per share by 22.2% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. During the past fiscal year, CSS INDUSTRIES INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.97 versus $1.62 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: CSS Industries Ratings Report

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