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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 3.66 points (0.0%) at 16,801 as of Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,659 issues advancing vs. 1,437 declining with 130 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector as a whole closed the day up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which was unchanged. Top gainers within the Consumer Goods sector included

CTI Industries

(

CTIB

), up 4.7%,

Natuzzi SPA

(

NTZ

), up 3.1%,

Tofutti Brands

(

TOF

), up 2.7%,

Agria

(

GRO

), up 3.3% and

Golden

(

GLDC

), up 2.2%.

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

Agria

(

GRO

) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today. Agria was up $0.04 (3.3%) to $1.13 on average volume. Throughout the day, 61,180 shares of Agria exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 68,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.08-$1.14 after having opened the day at $1.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.09.

Agria has a market cap of $61.5 million and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 25.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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At the close,

Natuzzi SPA

(

NTZ

) was up $0.06 (3.1%) to $2.00 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,138 shares of Natuzzi SPA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.92-$2.02 after having opened the day at $1.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.94.

Natuzzi S.p.A. designs, manufactures, and markets leather and fabric upholstered furniture worldwide. Natuzzi SPA has a market cap of $111.4 million and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 25.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 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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CTI Industries

(

CTIB

) was another company that pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today. CTI Industries was up $0.17 (4.7%) to $3.82 on light volume. Throughout the day, 500 shares of CTI Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.82-$3.82 after having opened the day at $3.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.65.

CTI Industries Corporation develops, manufactures, and supplies flexible film products for novelty, packaging and container, and custom product applications worldwide. CTI Industries has a market cap of $12.9 million and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 33.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate CTI Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CTI Industries as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CTIB go as follows:

  • The share price of CTI INDUSTRIES CORP has not done very well: it is down 22.16% 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. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry.
  • 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 Household Durables industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 116.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.06 million to -$0.12 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.47 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. To add to this, CTIB has a quick ratio of 0.55, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$2.01 million or 231.14% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • The gross profit margin for CTI INDUSTRIES CORP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 27.02%. Regardless of CTIB's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -0.91% trails the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

CTI Industries Ratings Report

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