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3 Stocks Moving The Consumer Non-Durables Industry Upward

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 27 points (0.2%) at 16,518 as of Monday, May 19, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,874 issues advancing vs. 1,111 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Consumer Non-Durables industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.4%. Top gainers within the Consumer Non-Durables industry included CTI Industries ( CTIB), up 2.9%, Deswell Industries ( DSWL), up 2.5%, Forward Industries ( FORD), up 12.5%, Northern Technologies International ( NTIC), up 1.9% and Ever-Glory International Group ( EVK), up 5.4%.

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

Northern Technologies International ( NTIC) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today. Northern Technologies International was up $0.40 (1.9%) to $20.91 on light volume. Throughout the day, 410 shares of Northern Technologies International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $20.91-$20.91 after having opened the day at $20.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.51.

Northern Technologies International Corporation develops, markets, and sells rust and corrosion inhibiting products and services under the ZERUST brand name to the automotive, electronics, electrical, mechanical, military, retail consumer, and oil and gas markets. Northern Technologies International has a market cap of $93.4 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 10.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Northern Technologies International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Northern Technologies International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on NTIC go as follows:

  • NTIC's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 11.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 18.5%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • NTIC has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 5.18, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • 36.82% is the gross profit margin for NORTHERN TECH INTL which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 16.48% is above that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 332.97% to $3.95 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, NORTHERN TECH INTL has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 38.91%.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Chemicals industry. The net income increased by 136.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.43 million to $1.03 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Northern Technologies International Ratings Report

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