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The Consumer Durables industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.6%. Laggards within the Consumer Durables industry included

Virco Manufacturing

(

VIRC

), down 2.6%,

Kewaunee Scientific

(

KEQU

), down 2.0%,

Marine Products

(

MPX

), down 5.7%,

Elecsys

(

ESYS

), down 3.6% and

Vapor

(

VPCO

), down 5.5%.

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

Marine Products

(

MPX

) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today. Marine Products was down $0.48 (5.7%) to $7.96 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 27,970 shares of Marine Products exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $7.95-$8.39 after having opened the day at $8.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.44.

Marine Products Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells recreational fiberglass powerboats in the sportboat, deckboat, cruiser, sport yacht, and sport fishing markets worldwide. Marine Products has a market cap of $318.3 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 16.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Marine Products a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Marine Products

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, impressive record of earnings per share growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on MPX go as follows:

  • MPX's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 6.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 13.6%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Leisure Equipment & Products industry. The net income increased by 55.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $1.94 million to $3.01 million.
  • MARINE PRODUCTS CORP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Stable earnings per share over the past two years indicate the company has sound management over its earnings and share float. We anticipate the company beginning to experience more growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, MARINE PRODUCTS CORP's EPS of $0.19 remained unchanged from the prior years' EPS of $0.19. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.28 versus $0.19).
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 68.14% to -$0.38 million when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow of 68.14%, MARINE PRODUCTS CORP is still growing at a significantly lower rate than the industry average of 177.27%.
  • MPX 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. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.97 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Marine Products Ratings Report

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At the close,

Kewaunee Scientific

(

KEQU

) was down $0.36 (2.0%) to $17.84 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 16,006 shares of Kewaunee Scientific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $17.17-$17.91 after having opened the day at $17.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.20.

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 $47.4 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 16.7% 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. 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:

  • KEQU's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.28 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, KEQU has a quick ratio of 1.68, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 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 7.8%. 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.
  • In its most recent trading session, KEQU 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. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Kewaunee Scientific Ratings Report

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Virco Manufacturing

(

VIRC

) was another company that pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today. Virco Manufacturing was down $0.07 (2.6%) to $2.63 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,822 shares of Virco Manufacturing exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.62-$2.67 after having opened the day at $2.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.70.

Virco Mfg. Corporation is engaged in the design, production, and distribution of furniture for the commercial and education markets in the United States. Virco Manufacturing has a market cap of $40.1 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 17.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Virco Manufacturing a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Virco Manufacturing

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on VIRC go as follows:

  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, VIRC's share price has jumped by 26.60%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • 41.25% is the gross profit margin for VIRCO MFG. CORP 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 9.78% trails the industry average.
  • VIRCO MFG. CORP's earnings per share declined by 16.7% 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, VIRCO MFG. CORP continued to lose money by earning -$0.13 versus -$0.27 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.08 versus -$0.13).
  • 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 Commercial Services & Supplies industry average. The net income has decreased by 16.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $6.21 million to $5.20 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$11.93 million or 60.95% 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:

Virco Manufacturing Ratings Report

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