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The Consumer Durables industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.2%. Laggards within the Consumer Durables industry included

Entertainment Gaming Asia

(

EGT

), down 3.6%,

Koss

(

KOSS

), down 10.4%,

Natuzzi SPA

(

NTZ

), down 2.4%,

Kewaunee Scientific

(

KEQU

), down 3.9% and

Marine Products

(

MPX

), down 1.9%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

Kewaunee Scientific

(

KEQU

) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today. Kewaunee Scientific was down $0.71 (3.9%) to $17.48 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,697 shares of Kewaunee Scientific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $16.50-$18.20 after having opened the day at $18.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.19.

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 $48.4 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 16.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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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 solid stock price performance and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on KEQU go as follows:

  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, KEQU's share price has jumped by 33.67%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, KEQU should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • KEWAUNEE SCIENTIFIC CORP's earnings per share declined by 22.9% 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, KEWAUNEE SCIENTIFIC CORP increased its bottom line by earning $1.48 versus $1.17 in the prior year.
  • KEQU, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 7.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 4.6%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Health Care Equipment & Supplies industry and the overall market, KEWAUNEE SCIENTIFIC CORP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Kewaunee Scientific Ratings Report

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At the close,

Natuzzi SPA

(

NTZ

) was down $0.06 (2.4%) to $2.28 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,280 shares of Natuzzi SPA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.22-$2.28 after having opened the day at $2.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.34.

Natuzzi S.p.A. designs, manufactures, and markets leather and fabric upholstered furniture worldwide. Natuzzi SPA has a market cap of $127.3 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 9.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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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 and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on NTZ go as follows:

  • NATUZZI SPA 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, 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 significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Household Durables industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 75.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$7.69 million to -$13.50 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 31.00%. 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 -9.95% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 5.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 4.4%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Natuzzi SPA Ratings Report

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Entertainment Gaming Asia

(

EGT

) was another company that pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today. Entertainment Gaming Asia was down $0.02 (3.6%) to $0.48 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 41,832 shares of Entertainment Gaming Asia exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.48-$0.52 after having opened the day at $0.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.50.

Entertainment Gaming Asia Inc., a gaming company, owns and leases electronic gaming machines (EGMs) in resorts, hotels, and other venues in Cambodia and the Philippines. It operates in two segments, Gaming Operations and Gaming Products. Entertainment Gaming Asia has a market cap of $15.6 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 59.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Entertainment Gaming Asia

as a

sell

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

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on EGT go as follows:

  • ENTERTAINMENT GAMING ASIA 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, ENTERTAINMENT GAMING ASIA swung to a loss, reporting -$0.17 versus $0.07 in the prior year.
  • 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 Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry and the overall market, ENTERTAINMENT GAMING ASIA's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 56.00%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 200.00% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • The gross profit margin for ENTERTAINMENT GAMING ASIA is rather high; currently it is at 50.61%. Regardless of EGT's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, EGT's net profit margin of -20.97% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • EGT, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 5.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 29.0%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Entertainment Gaming Asia Ratings Report

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