3 Stocks Pushing The Retail Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 78 points (0.5%) at 17,023 as of Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,765 issues advancing vs. 1,183 declining with 200 unchanged.

The Retail industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%.

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

3. JC Penney ( JCP) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry lower today. As of noon trading, JC Penney is down $0.48 (-4.7%) to $9.66 on heavy volume. Thus far, 14.7 million shares of JC Penney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.61-$10.23 after having opened the day at $10.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.14.

J. C. Penney Company, Inc., through its subsidiary, J. C. Penney Corporation, Inc., sells merchandise through department stores in the United States. JC Penney has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 10.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate JC Penney a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates JC Penney as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full JC Penney Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Costco Wholesale ( COST) is down $0.90 (-0.7%) to $124.76 on average volume. Thus far, 966,574 shares of Costco Wholesale exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $124.38-$125.59 after having opened the day at $125.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $125.66.

Costco Wholesale Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates membership warehouses. The company offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. Costco Wholesale has a market cap of $55.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 5.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Costco Wholesale a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Costco Wholesale as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Costco Wholesale Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS) is down $1.70 (-2.3%) to $71.45 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.5 million shares of Michael Kors Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.26-$73.78 after having opened the day at $73.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.15.

Michael Kors Holdings Limited is engaged in the design, marketing, distribution, and retailing of branded women's apparel and accessories, and men's apparel. The company operates in three segments: Retail, Wholesale, and Licensing. Michael Kors Holdings has a market cap of $15.3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 9.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Michael Kors Holdings a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Michael Kors Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Michael Kors Holdings 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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