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All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 164.34 points (-0.9%) at 17,347 as of Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 562 issues advancing vs. 2,422 declining with 143 unchanged.

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

Pingtan Marine Enterprise

(

PME

), up 3.2%,

Leading Brands

(

LBIX

), up 2.6%,

Ocean Bio-Chem

(

TheStreet Recommends

OBCI

), up 2.6%,

Natuzzi SPA

(

NTZ

), up 1.6% and

STR Holdings

(

STRI

), up 4.3%.

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

STR Holdings

(

STRI

) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today. STR Holdings was up $0.04 (4.3%) to $0.93 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,416 shares of STR Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 31,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.91-$0.93 after having opened the day at $0.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.89.

STR Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a plastic and industrial materials research and development company worldwide. STR Holdings has a market cap of $16.4 million and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 78.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates STR Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates STR Holdings as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on STRI 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 Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry and the overall market, STR HOLDINGS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for STR HOLDINGS INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 5.01%. Regardless of STRI's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, STRI's net profit margin of -37.97% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • STRI'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 80.05%, 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.
  • STRI, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 10.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 26.5%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • STR HOLDINGS INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to 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, STR HOLDINGS INC reported poor results of -$2.25 versus -$1.32 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.37 versus -$2.25).

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

STR Holdings Ratings Report

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At the close,

Natuzzi SPA

(

NTZ

) was up $0.04 (1.6%) to $2.25 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,540 shares of Natuzzi SPA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.22-$2.26 after having opened the day at $2.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.21.

Natuzzi S.p.A. designs, manufactures, and markets leather and fabric upholstered furniture worldwide. Natuzzi SPA has a market cap of $129.5 million and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 42.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Natuzzi SPA a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Natuzzi SPA as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on NTZ go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$9.56 million or 123.81% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • The gross profit margin for NATUZZI SPA is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 31.43%. Regardless of NTZ's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, NTZ's net profit margin of -7.99% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • NTZ has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 6.44% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Household Durables industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 22.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$13.50 million to -$10.53 million.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. 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.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Natuzzi SPA Ratings Report

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Leading Brands

(

LBIX

) was another company that pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today. Leading Brands was up $0.09 (2.6%) to $3.52 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,828 shares of Leading Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.21-$3.55 after having opened the day at $3.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.43.

Leading Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the development, production, marketing, and distribution of beverages in Canada, the western United States, and Asia. Leading Brands has a market cap of $10.4 million and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 2.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Leading Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Leading Brands 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 LBIX go as follows:

  • LEADING BRANDS INC 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, LEADING BRANDS INC reported lower earnings of $0.04 versus $0.36 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 Beverages industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 329.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.18 million to -$0.41 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 Beverages industry and the overall market, LEADING BRANDS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for LEADING BRANDS INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 31.10%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -13.27% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.64 million or 67.44% 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:

Leading Brands Ratings Report

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