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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 6 points (0.0%) at 17,679 as of Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,130 issues advancing vs. 953 declining with 135 unchanged.

The Specialty Retail industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.3%. Top gainers within the Specialty Retail industry included DGSE Companies ( DGSE), up 6.6%, Perfumania Holdings ( PERF), up 2.7%, Mecox Lane ( MCOX), up 5.2%, Trans World Entertainment ( TWMC), up 2.4% and Charles & Colvard ( CTHR), up 7.5%.

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

Charles & Colvard ( CTHR) is one of the companies that pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today. Charles & Colvard was up $0.12 (7.5%) to $1.71 on average volume. Throughout the day, 88,484 shares of Charles & Colvard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 109,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.58-$1.73 after having opened the day at $1.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.59.

Charles & Colvard, Ltd. manufactures, markets, and distributes moissanite jewels and finished jewelry featuring moissanite worldwide. Charles & Colvard has a market cap of $32.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 14.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Charles & Colvard a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Charles & Colvard 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, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CTHR go as follows:

  • CHARLES & COLVARD LTD 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. Earnings per share have declined over the last two years. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, CHARLES & COLVARD LTD swung to a loss, reporting -$0.05 versus $0.22 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 960.0% in earnings (-$0.53 versus -$0.05).
  • 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 Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 153.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.21 million to -$3.07 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 Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods industry and the overall market, CHARLES & COLVARD LTD's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for CHARLES & COLVARD LTD is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 33.75%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -67.80% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 65.12%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 150.00% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Charles & Colvard Ratings Report

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At the close, Trans World Entertainment ( TWMC) was up $0.08 (2.4%) to $3.40 on average volume. Throughout the day, 39,410 shares of Trans World Entertainment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 30,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.24-$3.40 after having opened the day at $3.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.32.

Trans World Entertainment Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of entertainment products, including video, music, electronics, trend items, video games, accessories, and related products through its retail stores and e-commerce sites. Trans World Entertainment has a market cap of $101.6 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 0.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Trans World Entertainment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Trans World Entertainment as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on TWMC go as follows:

  • TWMC's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.01 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 96.34% to -$0.20 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, TRANS WORLD ENTMT CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -6.48%.
  • 39.56% is the gross profit margin for TRANS WORLD ENTMT CORP 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 -6.17% is in-line with the industry average.
  • TRANS WORLD ENTMT CORP's earnings per share declined by 40.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, TRANS WORLD ENTMT CORP reported lower earnings of $0.26 versus $1.05 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 35.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$3.32 million to -$4.48 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Trans World Entertainment Ratings Report

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Mecox Lane ( MCOX) was another company that pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today. Mecox Lane was up $0.19 (5.2%) to $3.87 on average volume. Throughout the day, 18,060 shares of Mecox Lane exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 22,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.67-$3.95 after having opened the day at $3.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.68.

Mecox Lane Limited designs and sells health and beauty products through various retail channels in the People's Republic of China. It offers beauty and healthcare products, including skin care, fragrance, cosmetics, and other personal care products. Mecox Lane has a market cap of $46.2 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 1.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Mecox Lane a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mecox Lane as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on MCOX go as follows:

  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Internet & Catalog Retail industry and the overall market, MECOX LANE LTD's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • MCOX has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 16.48% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • MECOX LANE LTD reported significant earnings per share improvement 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, MECOX LANE LTD reported poor results of -$2.20 versus -$1.95 in the prior year.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 16.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 38.9%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for MECOX LANE LTD is rather high; currently it is at 63.84%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -1.82% trails the industry average.

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

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