The Specialty Retail industry as a whole closed the day down 2.1% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.3%. Laggards within the Specialty Retail industry included DGSE Companies ( DGSE), down 8.9%, Mecox Lane ( MCOX), down 4.2%, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 5.7%, Charles & Colvard ( CTHR), down 4.5% and West Marine ( WMAR), down 3.1%.

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

Charles & Colvard ( CTHR) is one of the companies that pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today. Charles & Colvard was down $0.06 (4.5%) to $1.28 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 340,259 shares of Charles & Colvard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 27,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.17-$1.36 after having opened the day at $1.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.34.

Charles & Colvard, Ltd. manufactures, markets, and distributes moissanite jewels and finished jewelry featuring moissanite worldwide. Charles & Colvard has a market cap of $25.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 27.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CTHR 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 Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 57.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.06 million to -$1.68 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.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 34.32%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 60.00% 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.
  • 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. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, CHARLES & COLVARD LTD reported poor results of -$0.65 versus -$0.05 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.34 versus -$0.65).
  • 44.79% is the gross profit margin for CHARLES & COLVARD LTD 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 -20.04% is in-line with the industry average.

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

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At the close, China Auto Logistics ( CALI) was down $0.06 (5.7%) to $0.93 on light volume. Throughout the day, 14,622 shares of China Auto Logistics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 36,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.89-$0.96 after having opened the day at $0.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.99.

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 $4.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 7.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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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.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CALI go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 5.85 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 0.50, 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, 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 0.59%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -3.05% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • 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 swung to a loss, reporting -$6.66 versus $0.16 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 98.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.35 million to -$2.67 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: China Auto Logistics Ratings Report

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Mecox Lane ( MCOX) was another company that pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today. Mecox Lane was down $0.14 (4.2%) to $3.16 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,725 shares of Mecox Lane exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.11-$3.25 after having opened the day at $3.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.30.

Mecox Lane has a market cap of $42.9 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 11.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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