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All three major indices traded up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 263 points (1.6%) at 16,380 as of Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,043 issues advancing vs. 1,068 declining with 100 unchanged.

The Consumer Durables industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.3%. Top gainers within the Consumer Durables industry included

Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings

(

LTRPB

), up 53.6%,

Appliance Recycling Centers Of America

(

ARCI

), up 2.4%,

Ballantyne Strong

TheStreet Recommends

(

BTN

), up 3.3%,

Vapor

(

VPCO

), up 17.1% and

Knoll

(

KNL

), up 3.6%.

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

Vapor

(

VPCO

) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Durables industry higher today. Vapor was up $0.20 (17.1%) to $1.37 on average volume. Throughout the day, 162,921 shares of Vapor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 213,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.21-$1.42 after having opened the day at $1.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.17.

Vapor Corp. designs, markets, and distributes electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, e-liquids, and accessories primarily in the United States and Canada. Vapor has a market cap of $19.1 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are unchanged year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates 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 deteriorating net income, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on VPCO 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 Tobacco industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 1810.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.06 million to -$1.05 million.
  • The gross profit margin for VAPOR CORP/NV is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 25.31%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -17.28% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.59 million or 1693.93% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • VAPOR CORP/NV's earnings have gone downhill when comparing its most recently reported quarter with the same quarter a year earlier. 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, VAPOR CORP/NV turned its bottom line around by earning $0.03 versus -$0.10 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 600.0% in earnings (-$0.15 versus $0.03).
  • This stock's share value has moved by only 72.50% over the past year. 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.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Vapor Ratings Report

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At the close,

Ballantyne Strong

(

BTN

) was up $0.13 (3.3%) to $4.07 on light volume. Throughout the day, 17,360 shares of Ballantyne Strong exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 47,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.95-$4.14 after having opened the day at $3.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.94.

Ballantyne Strong, Inc. designs, integrates, and installs technology solutions for retail, financial, government, and cinema markets worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Systems Integration and Managed Services. Ballantyne Strong has a market cap of $55.3 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 15.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Ballantyne Strong a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Ballantyne Strong as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on BTN go as follows:

  • BTN 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 2.63, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • BTN, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 9.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 9.7%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The share price of BALLANTYNE STRONG INC has not done very well: it is down 13.60% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • 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 Media industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 70.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.28 million to $0.38 million.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, BALLANTYNE STRONG INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Ballantyne Strong 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 $0.07 (2.4%) to $2.85 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,350 shares of Appliance Recycling Centers Of America exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 34,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.78-$2.86 after having opened the day at $2.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.78.

Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, sells 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 $15.2 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ARCI go as follows:

  • ARCI's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 0.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.9%. 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.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Specialty Retail industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, APPLIANCE RECYCLING CTR AMER has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for APPLIANCE RECYCLING CTR AMER is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 26.64%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.78% trails that of the industry average.
  • 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 decreased by 22.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $0.77 million to $0.59 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Appliance Recycling Centers Of America Ratings Report

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