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One out of the three major indices traded up today Two 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 30.21 points (-0.2%) at 16,882 as of Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,028 issues advancing vs. 1,986 declining with 144 unchanged.

The Consumer Non-Durables industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.1%. Top gainers within the Consumer Non-Durables industry included

China Xiniya Fashion

(

XNY

), up 1.6%,

United-Guardian

(

UG

), up 1.8%,

Standard Register

TheStreet Recommends

(

SR

), up 10.8%,

Weyco Group

(

WEYS

), up 3.0% and

UFP Technologies

(

UFPT

), up 2.9%.

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

Standard Register

(

SR

) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today. Standard Register was up $0.56 (10.8%) to $5.80 on average volume. Throughout the day, 28,397 shares of Standard Register exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 30,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.34-$6.00 after having opened the day at $5.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.24.

Standard Register has a market cap of $41.3 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 23.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SR go as follows:

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Standard Register Ratings Report

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At the close,

United-Guardian

(

UG

) was up $0.45 (1.8%) to $25.84 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,342 shares of United-Guardian exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $25.25-$25.88 after having opened the day at $25.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.39.

United-Guardian, Inc. researches, develops, manufactures, and markets cosmetic ingredients, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, medical and health care products, and specialty industrial products in the United States, Canada, China, France, and internationally. United-Guardian has a market cap of $118.7 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 9.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate United-Guardian a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

United-Guardian

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, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on UG go as follows:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 0.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.2%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • UG has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 8.40, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for UNITED-GUARDIAN INC is rather high; currently it is at 64.99%. Regardless of UG's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, UG's net profit margin of 33.74% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. In comparison to other companies in the Personal Products industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, UNITED-GUARDIAN INC has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500.
  • UNITED-GUARDIAN INC's earnings per share declined by 14.7% 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, UNITED-GUARDIAN INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.28 versus $1.05 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

United-Guardian Ratings Report

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China Xiniya Fashion

(

XNY

) was another company that pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today. China Xiniya Fashion was up $0.01 (1.6%) to $0.89 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,743 shares of China Xiniya Fashion exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 34,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.86-$0.92 after having opened the day at $0.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.88.

China Xiniya Fashion Limited designs, manufactures, and sells men's business casual and business formal apparel and accessories to retail customers in the People's Republic of China. China Xiniya Fashion has a market cap of $50.1 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 33.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate China Xiniya Fashion a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates China Xiniya Fashion as a

hold

. 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 good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on XNY go as follows:

  • XNY has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 9.03, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • XNY, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 8.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 7.6%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 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 Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods industry. The net income has decreased by 20.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $5.35 million to $4.28 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. In comparison to the other companies in the Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods industry and the overall market, CHINA XINIYA FASHION LTD-ADR's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

China Xiniya Fashion Ratings Report

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