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The Specialty Retail industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.1%. Laggards within the Specialty Retail industry included Birks Group ( BGI), down 5.4%, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 7.7%, DGSE Companies ( DGSE), down 8.4%, Dover Saddlery ( DOVR), down 3.1% and Rush ( RUSHB), down 3.0%.

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

Rush ( RUSHB) is one of the companies that pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today. Rush was down $0.88 (3.0%) to $28.98 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 9,156 shares of Rush exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $28.86-$29.89 after having opened the day at $29.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.86.

Rush Enterprises, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated retailer of commercial vehicles and related services in the United States. The company owns and operates a network of commercial vehicle dealerships under the Rush Truck Centers name. Rush has a market cap of $306.8 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 19.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Rush as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on RUSHB go as follows:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 0.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 49.7%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 250.00% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 27.25% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • RUSH ENTERPRISES INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, RUSH ENTERPRISES INC reported lower earnings of $1.22 versus $1.58 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.82 versus $1.22).
  • The gross profit margin for RUSH ENTERPRISES INC is rather low; currently it is at 16.35%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.67% trails that of the industry average.
  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.79 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.28, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.

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

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At the close, Dover Saddlery ( DOVR) was down $0.15 (3.1%) to $4.75 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,628 shares of Dover Saddlery exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.75-$4.90 after having opened the day at $4.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.90.

Dover Saddlery, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer and omni-channel marketer of equestrian products in the United States. The company offers a selection of products required to own, ride, train, and compete with a horse. Dover Saddlery has a market cap of $26.3 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 8.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Dover Saddlery as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, unimpressive growth in net income and generally higher debt management risk.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on DOVR go as follows:

  • DOVR's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 0.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.2%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • 39.96% is the gross profit margin for DOVER SADDLERY INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 1.07% trails the industry average.
  • DOVER SADDLERY INC's earnings per share declined by 16.7% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, DOVER SADDLERY INC reported lower earnings of $0.27 versus $0.31 in the prior year.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Specialty Retail industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 26.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.36 million to $0.26 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Dover Saddlery Ratings Report

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China Auto Logistics ( CALI) was another company that pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today. China Auto Logistics was down $0.09 (7.7%) to $1.08 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,625 shares of China Auto Logistics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.06-$1.19 after having opened the day at $1.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.17.

China Auto Logistics Inc. sells and trades in imported automobiles in the People's Republic of China. China Auto Logistics has a market cap of $4.6 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 67.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates China Auto Logistics as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CALI go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 3.51 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, CALI maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.72, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Specialty Retail industry and the overall market, CHINA AUTO LOGISTICS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for CHINA AUTO LOGISTICS INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 0.92%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -1.62% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$13.35 million or 621.85% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • CHINA AUTO LOGISTICS INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, CHINA AUTO LOGISTICS INC reported lower earnings of $0.16 versus $0.67 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: China Auto Logistics Ratings Report

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