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All three major indices traded up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 191 points (1.1%) at 17,512 as of Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,533 issues advancing vs. 578 declining with 102 unchanged.

The Consumer Durables industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.3%. Top gainers within the Consumer Durables industry included

Natuzzi SPA

(

NTZ

), up 3.6%,

SGOCO Group

(

SGOC

), up 1.9%,

Escalade

(

ESCA

), up 3.3%,

Johnson Outdoors

(

JOUT

), up 2.0% and

Norcraft Companies

(

NCFT

), up 2.2%.

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

Johnson Outdoors

(

JOUT

) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Durables industry higher today. Johnson Outdoors was up $0.58 (2.0%) to $29.51 on light volume. Throughout the day, 7,800 shares of Johnson Outdoors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $28.75-$29.52 after having opened the day at $28.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.93.

Johnson Outdoors Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets seasonal outdoor recreation products used for fishing, diving, paddling, hiking, and camping primarily in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Pacific Basin. Johnson Outdoors has a market cap of $258.0 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 7.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Johnson Outdoors a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Johnson Outdoors

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, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on JOUT go as follows:

  • JOUT's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 5.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.8%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • JOUT's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.04 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, JOUT has a quick ratio of 1.91, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Leisure Equipment & Products industry. The net income increased by 77.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$3.51 million to -$0.79 million.
  • 43.54% is the gross profit margin for JOHNSON OUTDOORS INC 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 -0.92% is in-line with the industry average.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, reflecting both the market's overall trend during that period and the fact that the company's earnings growth has been robust. The stock's price rise over the last year has driven it to a level which is somewhat expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Johnson Outdoors Ratings Report

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At the close,

Escalade

(

ESCA

) was up $0.50 (3.3%) to $15.53 on average volume. Throughout the day, 28,101 shares of Escalade exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 20,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $14.66-$15.61 after having opened the day at $15.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.03.

Escalade has a market cap of $212.8 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 0.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Natuzzi SPA

(

NTZ

) was another company that pushed the Consumer Durables industry higher today. Natuzzi SPA was up $0.05 (3.6%) to $1.43 on light volume. Throughout the day, 150 shares of Natuzzi SPA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.43-$1.43 after having opened the day at $1.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.38.

Natuzzi S.p.A. designs, manufactures, and markets leather and fabric upholstered furniture worldwide. Natuzzi SPA has a market cap of $76.2 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 11.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on NTZ go as follows:

  • 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 30.78%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -7.81% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$28.70 million or 586.21% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • NTZ's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 36.06%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last 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.
  • NATUZZI SPA reported significant earnings per share improvement 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, NATUZZI SPA reported poor results of -$1.71 versus -$0.63 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Natuzzi SPA Ratings Report

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