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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 141.38 points (-0.8%) at 17,673 as of Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,370 issues advancing vs. 1,694 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector as a whole closed the day down 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.5%. Top gainers within the Consumer Goods sector included

Natuzzi SPA

(

NTZ

), up 2.9%,

Kewaunee Scientific

(

KEQU

), up 2.6%,

Standard Register

(

SR

), up 2.6%,

Tianli Agritech

(

OINK

), up 2.0% and

SGOCO Group

(

SGOC

), up 3.6%.

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

Standard Register

(

SR

) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today. Standard Register was up $0.08 (2.6%) to $3.19 on light volume. Throughout the day, 9,971 shares of Standard Register exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.07-$3.20 after having opened the day at $3.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.11.

Standard Register has a market cap of $25.6 million and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are down 4.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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At the close,

Kewaunee Scientific

(

KEQU

) was up $0.46 (2.6%) to $17.95 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,092 shares of Kewaunee Scientific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $17.90-$17.95 after having opened the day at $17.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.49.

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 $46.2 million and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are down 1.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations 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 KEQU go as follows:

  • KEQU's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 7.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 15.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • KEQU's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.15 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 1.77, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 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. 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 reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, KEWAUNEE SCIENTIFIC CORP increased its bottom line by earning $1.48 versus $1.17 in the prior year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Health Care Equipment & Supplies industry. The net income increased by 65.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.73 million to $1.20 million.

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 Goods sector higher today. Natuzzi SPA was up $0.05 (2.9%) to $1.77 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 10,015 shares of Natuzzi SPA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.72-$1.78 after having opened the day at $1.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.72.

Natuzzi S.p.A. designs, manufactures, and markets leather and fabric upholstered furniture worldwide. Natuzzi SPA has a market cap of $87.8 million and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 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 47.93%, 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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