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One out of the three major indices traded up today The three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 5.41 points (0.0%) at 17,746 as of Thursday, July 30, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,569 issues advancing vs. 1,503 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Consumer Durables industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was unchanged. Top gainers within the Consumer Durables industry included

Appliance Recycling Centers Of America

(

ARCI

), up 10.6%,

Emerson Radio

(

MSN

), up 4.8%,

Vapor

(

VPCO

), up 3.1%,

Vuzix Corporation

(

VUZI

), up 2.9% and

Manchester United

(

MANU

), up 1.9%.

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

Vuzix Corporation

(

VUZI

) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Durables industry higher today. Vuzix Corporation was up $0.16 (2.9%) to $5.71 on light volume. Throughout the day, 58,035 shares of Vuzix Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 106,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.50-$5.74 after having opened the day at $5.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.55.

Vuzix Corporation designs, manufactures, markets, and sells wearable display devices in the United States and internationally. Vuzix Corporation has a market cap of $89.3 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 27.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Vuzix Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Vuzix Corporation as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on VUZI 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 Household Durables industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 436.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.51 million to -$5.09 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$2.75 million or 156.10% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • 35.72% is the gross profit margin for VUZIX CORP which we consider to be strong. Regardless of VUZI's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, VUZI's net profit margin of -629.29% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Compared to other companies in the Household Durables industry and the overall market, VUZIX CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • VUZIX CORP 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. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, VUZIX CORP continued to lose money by earning -$0.76 versus -$1.58 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.67 versus -$0.76).

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Vuzix Corporation Ratings Report

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At the close,

Vapor

(

VPCO

) was up $0.03 (3.1%) to $1.03 on average volume. Throughout the day, 70,845 shares of Vapor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 82,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.95-$1.05 after having opened the day at $1.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.00.

Vapor Corp. designs, markets, and distributes vaporizers, e-liquids, electronic cigarettes, and accessories primarily in the United States and Canada. Vapor has a market cap of $7.1 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 83.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Vapor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Vapor 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 and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on VPCO go as follows:

  • VAPOR CORP/NV 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, VAPOR CORP/NV swung to a loss, reporting -$4.15 versus $0.15 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 Tobacco industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 174.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.45 million to -$3.98 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 Tobacco industry and the overall market, VAPOR CORP/NV'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 94.27%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 100.00% 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has remained constant at -$2.15 million with no significant change when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite stable cash flow, VAPOR CORP/NV's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 30.89%.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Vapor Ratings Report

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Appliance Recycling Centers Of America

(

ARCI

) was another company that pushed the Consumer Durables industry higher today. Appliance Recycling Centers Of America was up $0.15 (10.6%) to $1.57 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,312 shares of Appliance Recycling Centers Of America exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.45-$1.57 after having opened the day at $1.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.42.

Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, sells and recycles new household appliances through a chain of company-owned retail stores under the ApplianceSmart name. The company operates in two segments, Recycling and Retail. Appliance Recycling Centers Of America has a market cap of $8.7 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 45.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Appliance Recycling Centers Of America a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Appliance Recycling Centers Of America 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 ARCI go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.23 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. To add to this, ARCI has a quick ratio of 0.54, 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, APPLIANCE RECYCLING CTR AMER's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for APPLIANCE RECYCLING CTR AMER is rather low; currently it is at 22.51%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -6.17% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $1.07 million or 59.30% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • APPLIANCE RECYCLING CTR AMER 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 suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, APPLIANCE RECYCLING CTR AMER reported lower earnings of $0.12 versus $0.57 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Appliance Recycling Centers Of America Ratings Report

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