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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 173.45 points (-1.1%) at 16,142 as of Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,470 issues advancing vs. 1,677 declining with 92 unchanged.

The Specialty Retail industry as a whole closed the day up 1.5% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.8%. Top gainers within the Specialty Retail industry included China Auto Logistics ( CALI), up 83.3%, Lentuo International ( LAS), up 2.8%, Odyssey Marine Exploration ( OMEX), up 6.8%, CSS Industries ( CSS), up 7.2% and West Marine ( WMAR), up 4.1%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

Odyssey Marine Exploration ( OMEX) is one of the companies that pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today. Odyssey Marine Exploration was up $0.06 (6.8%) to $0.94 on light volume. Throughout the day, 220,674 shares of Odyssey Marine Exploration exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 451,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.86-$0.95 after having opened the day at $0.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.88.

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in the archaeologically sensitive exploration and recovery of deep-ocean shipwrecks worldwide. Odyssey Marine Exploration has a market cap of $78.4 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 56.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Odyssey Marine Exploration a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Odyssey Marine Exploration 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.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on OMEX go as follows:

  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.88 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. To add to this, OMEX has a quick ratio of 0.58, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • OMEX's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 66.54%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION reported significant earnings per share improvement 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 two years. However, we anticipate underperformance relative to this pattern in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION continued to lose money by earning -$0.14 versus -$0.25 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 85.7% in earnings (-$0.26 versus -$0.14).
  • Compared to other companies in the Professional Services industry and the overall market, ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to -$6.27 million or 39.30% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 17.98%.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Odyssey Marine Exploration Ratings Report

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At the close, Lentuo International ( LAS) was up $0.04 (2.8%) to $1.47 on light volume. Throughout the day, 132,021 shares of Lentuo International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 196,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.37-$1.48 after having opened the day at $1.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.43.

Lentuo International Inc. operates automobile franchise dealerships in the People's Republic of China. Lentuo International has a market cap of $48.9 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 48.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Lentuo International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Lentuo International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LAS go as follows:

  • LAS's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 0.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.4%. 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.
  • LENTUO INTERNATIONAL -ADR's earnings per share declined by 41.7% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, LENTUO INTERNATIONAL -ADR turned its bottom line around by earning $0.12 versus -$0.03 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 36.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $3.46 million to $2.21 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.38 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.29, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.

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

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China Auto Logistics ( CALI) was another company that pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today. China Auto Logistics was up $0.60 (83.3%) to $1.32 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 369,769 shares of China Auto Logistics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 24,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.80-$1.68 after having opened the day at $0.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.72.

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 $4.2 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 79.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate China Auto Logistics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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.

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% trails 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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