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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 130.01 points (-0.7%) at 17,372 as of Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,012 issues advancing vs. 2,094 declining with 118 unchanged.

The Retail industry as a whole closed the day down 1.4% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.9%. Top gainers within the Retail industry included Alon Blue Square Israel ( BSI), up 2.4%, Cache ( CACH), up 5.6%, Village Super Market ( VLGEA), up 2.6%, Cencosud ( CNCO), up 1.9% and Sears Canada ( SRSC), up 7.7%.

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

Cencosud ( CNCO) is one of the companies that pushed the Retail industry higher today. Cencosud was up $0.13 (1.9%) to $7.06 on light volume. Throughout the day, 26,546 shares of Cencosud exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 77,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $6.91-$7.17 after having opened the day at $6.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.93.

Cencosud S.A., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a multi-brand retailer in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Colombia. Cencosud has a market cap of $7.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 9.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Cencosud a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Cencosud as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. 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 a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CNCO go as follows:

  • CNCO, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 1.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 21.8%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • CENCOSUD SA's earnings per share declined by 20.0% 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, CENCOSUD SA reported lower earnings of $0.53 versus $0.68 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 Food & Staples Retailing industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 54.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $87.12 million to $39.29 million.

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

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At the close, Village Super Market ( VLGEA) was up $0.69 (2.6%) to $27.52 on light volume. Throughout the day, 12,219 shares of Village Super Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.60-$27.67 after having opened the day at $26.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.83.

Village Super Market, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates a chain of supermarkets in the United States. Village Super Market has a market cap of $259.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 2.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Village Super Market a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Village Super Market as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on VLGEA go as follows:

  • VLGEA's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 1.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.3%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • VLGEA's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.20 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Despite the fact that VLGEA's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.63, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for VILLAGE SUPER MARKET is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 27.07%. Regardless of VLGEA's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 1.02% trails the industry average.
  • VLGEA has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 19.06% from its price level of one year ago. Looking ahead, we do not see anything in this company's numbers that would change the one-year trend. It was down over the last twelve months; and it could be down again in the next twelve. Naturally, a bull or bear market could sway the movement of this stock.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Village Super Market Ratings Report

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Cache ( CACH) was another company that pushed the Retail industry higher today. Cache was up $0.01 (5.6%) to $0.23 on light volume. Throughout the day, 233,773 shares of Cache exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 757,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.21-$0.27 after having opened the day at $0.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.22.

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 $6.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 7.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Cache a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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

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 32.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$9.46 million to -$12.52 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 6.13 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.10, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • 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 27.13%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -27.17% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$14.23 million or 119.49% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

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

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