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Two out of the three major indices traded up today 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 5.88 points (0.0%) at 16,315 as of Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,884 issues advancing vs. 1,209 declining with 128 unchanged.

The Consumer Durables industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.2%. Top gainers within the Consumer Durables industry included

Natuzzi SPA

(

NTZ

), up 3.7%,

Kewaunee Scientific

(

KEQU

), up 3.3%,

Vapor

(

VPCO

), up 7.2%,

Emerson Radio

(

MSN

), up 1.8% and

Lifetime Brands

(

LCUT

), up 5.5%.

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 $0.08 (7.2%) to $1.19 on light volume. Throughout the day, 90,111 shares of Vapor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 209,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.11-$1.24 after having opened the day at $1.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.11.

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 $16.8 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are unchanged year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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

TheStreet Recommends

. 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,

Kewaunee Scientific

(

KEQU

) was up $0.57 (3.3%) to $17.62 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,755 shares of Kewaunee Scientific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $16.92-$17.93 after having opened the day at $17.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.05.

Kewaunee Scientific Corporation designs, manufactures, and installs laboratory, healthcare, and technical furniture products. The company operates through two segments, Domestic Operations and International Operations. Kewaunee Scientific has a market cap of $44.8 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 9.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Kewaunee Scientific a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Kewaunee Scientific

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on KEQU go as follows:

  • KEQU's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.28 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, KEQU has a quick ratio of 1.68, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • KEWAUNEE SCIENTIFIC CORP's earnings per share declined by 22.9% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, KEWAUNEE SCIENTIFIC CORP increased its bottom line by earning $1.48 versus $1.17 in the prior year.
  • KEQU, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 8.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 4.6%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Kewaunee Scientific Ratings Report

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Natuzzi SPA

(

NTZ

) was another company that pushed the Consumer Durables industry higher today. Natuzzi SPA was up $0.07 (3.7%) to $1.98 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,200 shares of Natuzzi SPA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.91-$1.98 after having opened the day at $1.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.91.

Natuzzi S.p.A. designs, manufactures, and markets leather and fabric upholstered furniture worldwide. Natuzzi SPA has a market cap of $103.7 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 26.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Natuzzi SPA a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Natuzzi SPA 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, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on NTZ go as follows:

  • NATUZZI SPA's earnings per share declined by 8.8% in the most recent quarter compared to 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, NATUZZI SPA reported poor results of -$1.71 versus -$0.63 in the prior year.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and greatly underperformed compared to the Household Durables industry average. The net income has decreased by 7.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$18.59 million to -$20.04 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 Household Durables industry and the overall market, NATUZZI SPA's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for NATUZZI SPA is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 27.58%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -13.06% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$5.04 million or 843.06% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Natuzzi SPA Ratings Report

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