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All three major indices traded up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 12 points (0.1%) at 16,545 as of Thursday, May 22, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,121 issues advancing vs. 844 declining with 178 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.3%. Top gainers within the Consumer Goods sector included

Golden

(

GLDC

), up 3.1%,

Cobra Electronics

(

COBR

), up 2.5%,

SkyPeople Fruit Juice

(

SPU

), up 2.7%,

Standard Register

(

SR

), up 1.6% and

Ever-Glory International Group

(

EVK

), up 2.1%.

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 $0.09 (1.6%) to $5.62 on light volume. Throughout the day, 14,640 shares of Standard Register exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 33,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.25-$5.62 after having opened the day at $5.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.53.

The Standard Register Company is engaged in the management and execution of critical communications in the United States. Standard Register has a market cap of $44.0 million and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 19.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Standard Register a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Standard Register as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SR go as follows:

  • 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 Commercial Services & Supplies industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 247.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$2.05 million to -$7.13 million.
  • The gross profit margin for STANDARD REGISTER CO is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 31.35%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -3.11% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1.11 million or 122.79% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • STANDARD REGISTER CO 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. 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, STANDARD REGISTER CO continued to lose money by earning -$1.65 versus -$4.90 in the prior year.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, SR's share price has jumped by 70.46%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the future course of this stock, we feel that the risks involved in investing in SR do not compensate for any future upside potential, despite the fact that it has seen nice gains over the past 12 months.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Standard Register Ratings Report

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At the close,

SkyPeople Fruit Juice

(

SPU

) was up $0.04 (2.7%) to $1.50 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,348 shares of SkyPeople Fruit Juice exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 25,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.41-$1.50 after having opened the day at $1.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.46.

SkyPeople Fruit Juice, Inc., through its subsidiaries, produces and sells fruit juice concentrates, fruit beverages, and other fruit-related products in the People's Republic of China and internationally. SkyPeople Fruit Juice has a market cap of $37.5 million and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 16.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate SkyPeople Fruit Juice a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates SkyPeople Fruit Juice 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 SPU go as follows:

  • SPU's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.19 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, SPU has a quick ratio of 2.40, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 39.15% is the gross profit margin for SKYPEOPLE FRUIT JUICE 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 4.27% trails the industry average.
  • 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 Food Products industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 86.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $3.82 million to $0.50 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 Food Products industry and the overall market, SKYPEOPLE FRUIT JUICE INC'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:

SkyPeople Fruit Juice Ratings Report

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Cobra Electronics

(

COBR

) was another company that pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today. Cobra Electronics was up $0.08 (2.5%) to $3.27 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11,300 shares of Cobra Electronics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.20-$3.27 after having opened the day at $3.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.19.

Cobra Electronics Corporation designs and markets consumer electronics products in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Cobra Electronics has a market cap of $21.1 million and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 5.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Cobra Electronics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cobra Electronics as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on COBR go as follows:

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed against the S&P 500 and did not exceed that of the Household Durables industry. The net income has decreased by 8.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$1.53 million to -$1.67 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 Household Durables industry and the overall market, COBRA ELECTRONICS CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for COBRA ELECTRONICS CORP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 27.03%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -7.79% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • In its most recent trading session, COBR has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. 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.
  • COBRA ELECTRONICS CORP's earnings per share declined by 8.7% 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. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, COBRA ELECTRONICS CORP swung to a loss, reporting -$0.17 versus $0.49 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.06 versus -$0.17).

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Cobra Electronics Ratings Report

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