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The Specialty Retail industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.0%. Laggards within the Specialty Retail industry included China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 12.1%, PCM ( PCMI), down 5.0%, Odyssey Marine Exploration ( OMEX), down 4.8%, Cencosud ( CNCO), down 2.2% and 1-800 Flowers.com ( FLWS), down 3.3%.

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

Odyssey Marine Exploration ( OMEX) is one of the companies that pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today. Odyssey Marine Exploration was down $0.04 (4.8%) to $0.88 on light volume. Throughout the day, 201,171 shares of Odyssey Marine Exploration exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 308,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.88-$0.94 after having opened the day at $0.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.93.

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 $78.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 0.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on OMEX 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 Professional Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 695.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.93 million to -$7.42 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 26.04 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. To add to this, OMEX has a quick ratio of 0.56, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 52.58%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 800.00% 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.
  • ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION 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. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings 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 150.0% in earnings (-$0.35 versus -$0.14).
  • OMEX, with its very weak revenue results, has greatly underperformed against the industry average of 7.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues plummeted by 97.8%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

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

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At the close, PCM ( PCMI) was down $0.48 (5.0%) to $9.11 on average volume. Throughout the day, 16,475 shares of PCM exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $9.11-$9.61 after having opened the day at $9.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.59.

PCM, Inc. operates as a multi-vendor provider of technology products, services, and solutions to commercial businesses; state, local, and federal governments; and educational institutions and individual consumers primarily in the United States. PCM has a market cap of $119.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 0.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates PCM a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates PCM as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PCMI go as follows:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 3.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.1%. 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.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.60, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 0.95 is weak.
  • 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 Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 107.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.92 million to -$0.14 million.
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry and the overall market, PCM INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: PCM 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 $0.17 (12.1%) to $1.23 on average volume. Throughout the day, 38,170 shares of China Auto Logistics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 26,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.22-$1.49 after having opened the day at $1.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.40.

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 $5.1 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 30.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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 4.17 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. To add to this, CALI has a quick ratio of 0.64, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity 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, 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 1.22%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -1.91% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$23.88 million or 1049.58% 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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