All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 56 points (0.3%) at 17,533 as of Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,658 issues advancing vs. 1,301 declining with 196 unchanged.

The Specialty Retail industry as a whole was unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.3%. Top gainers within the Specialty Retail industry included Mecox Lane ( MCOX), up 3.0%, West Marine ( WMAR), up 2.1%, 1-800 Flowers.com ( FLWS), up 1.9%, Zagg ( ZAGG), up 2.7% and FTD Companies ( FTD), up 1.7%.

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

1-800 Flowers.com ( FLWS) is one of the companies that pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today. 1-800 Flowers.com was up $0.18 (1.9%) to $9.74 on light volume. Throughout the day, 152,366 shares of 1-800 Flowers.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 377,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $9.41-$9.76 after having opened the day at $9.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.56.

1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. operates a florist and gift shop in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Consumer Floral, Gourmet Food and Gift Baskets, and BloomNet Wire Service. 1-800 Flowers.com has a market cap of $262.9 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 16.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate 1-800 Flowers.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates 1-800 Flowers.com as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on FLWS go as follows:

  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, FLWS's share price has jumped by 80.27%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, FLWS should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 33.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 29.3%. 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.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Internet & Catalog Retail industry and the overall market, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 41.46% is the gross profit margin for 1-800-FLOWERS.COM 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 -4.51% trails the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: 1-800 Flowers.com Ratings Report

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At the close, West Marine ( WMAR) was up $0.19 (2.1%) to $9.21 on light volume. Throughout the day, 24,215 shares of West Marine exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 44,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $8.85-$9.27 after having opened the day at $8.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.02.

West Marine, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of boating supplies, gear, apparel, footwear, and other water life-related products primarily in the United States. West Marine has a market cap of $220.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 30.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates West Marine a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates West Marine as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on WMAR go as follows:

  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Specialty Retail industry average. The net income increased by 14.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $18.30 million to $20.95 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 8.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.0%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $43.07 million or 15.89% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, WEST MARINE INC's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 29.32%.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Specialty Retail industry and the overall market, WEST MARINE INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • WMAR has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 8.14% 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: West Marine Ratings Report

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Mecox Lane ( MCOX) was another company that pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today. Mecox Lane was up $0.10 (3.0%) to $3.40 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,795 shares of Mecox Lane exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.30-$3.74 after having opened the day at $3.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.30.

Mecox Lane has a market cap of $41.8 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 11.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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