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The Retail industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.7%. Laggards within the Retail industry included China Nepstar Chain Drugstore ( NPD), down 4.8%, Acorn International ( ATV), down 1.7%, Cache ( CACH), down 7.3%, Gordman's Stores ( GMAN), down 2.2% and Cherokee ( CHKE), down 1.6%.

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

Cache ( CACH) is one of the companies that pushed the Retail industry lower today. Cache was down $0.05 (7.3%) to $0.65 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 648,317 shares of Cache exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 215,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.61-$0.71 after having opened the day at $0.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.70.

Cache, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a mall-based and online woman's specialty retailer of apparel and accessories in the United States. Cache has a market cap of $20.8 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 87.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Cache a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Cache as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CACH go as follows:

  • 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 393.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.61 million to -$7.92 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Specialty Retail industry and the overall market, CACHE INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for CACHE INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 31.56%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -14.64% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$2.23 million or 348.05% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 88.78%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 266.66% compared to the year-earlier 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.

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

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At the close, Acorn International ( ATV) was down $0.04 (1.7%) to $2.30 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,841 shares of Acorn International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 46,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.30-$2.43 after having opened the day at $2.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.34.

Acorn International, Inc., an integrated multi-platform marketing company, develops, promotes, and sells a portfolio of proprietary-branded products; and third parties products. The company operates two sales platforms, including integrated direct sales and a nationwide distribution network. Acorn International has a market cap of $63.4 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 50.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Acorn International 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 and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ATV go as follows:

  • ACORN INTERNATIONAL INC -ADR's earnings per share declined by 50.0% 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, ACORN INTERNATIONAL INC -ADR reported poor results of -$1.45 versus -$0.59 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 Internet & Catalog Retail industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 54.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$8.70 million to -$13.48 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Internet & Catalog Retail industry and the overall market, ACORN INTERNATIONAL INC -ADR's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • In its most recent trading session, ATV has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, we do not believe this stock offers ample reward opportunity to compensate for the risks, despite the fact that it rose over the past year.
  • 41.43% is the gross profit margin for ACORN INTERNATIONAL INC -ADR which we consider to be strong. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, ATV's net profit margin of -91.20% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

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

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China Nepstar Chain Drugstore ( NPD) was another company that pushed the Retail industry lower today. China Nepstar Chain Drugstore was down $0.09 (4.8%) to $1.80 on light volume. Throughout the day, 13,202 shares of China Nepstar Chain Drugstore exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 49,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.76-$1.88 after having opened the day at $1.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.89.

China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd., through its subsidiaries, owns and operates a retail drugstore chain in China. China Nepstar Chain Drugstore has a market cap of $173.7 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 2.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate China Nepstar Chain Drugstore a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates China Nepstar Chain Drugstore as a hold. 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 and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on NPD go as follows:

  • NPD's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 2.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.3%. 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.
  • NPD 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. Despite the fact that NPD's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.65, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.
  • 42.67% is the gross profit margin for CHINA NEPSTAR CHAIN DRUG-ADS which we consider to be strong. Regardless of NPD's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -2.31% trails the industry average.
  • 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 Food & Staples Retailing industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 302.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.64 million to -$2.56 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Food & Staples Retailing industry and the overall market, CHINA NEPSTAR CHAIN DRUG-ADS's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ratings Report

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