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The Consumer Durables industry as a whole closed the day down 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.5%. Laggards within the Consumer Durables industry included

Marine Products

(

MPX

), down 3.0%,

Vapor

(

VPCO

), down 4.3%,

Escalade

(

ESCA

), down 2.2%,

Hooker Furniture

(

HOFT

), down 1.8% and

Lifetime Brands

(

LCUT

), down 1.7%.

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

Hooker Furniture

(

HOFT

) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today. Hooker Furniture was down $0.28 (1.8%) to $15.16 on average volume. Throughout the day, 34,420 shares of Hooker Furniture exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 25,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $15.10-$15.27 after having opened the day at $15.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.44.

Hooker Furniture Corporation, a home furnishings marketing, design, and logistics company, together with its subsidiaries, designs, imports, manufactures, and markets residential household furniture products principally in North America. Hooker Furniture has a market cap of $164.7 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 8.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Hooker Furniture a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Hooker Furniture

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on HOFT go as follows:

  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Household Durables industry average. The net income increased by 34.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $1.69 million to $2.27 million.
  • HOFT 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 4.39, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. 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.
  • HOOKER FURNITURE CORP has improved earnings per share by 31.3% 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, HOOKER FURNITURE CORP reported lower earnings of $0.75 versus $0.80 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.04 versus $0.75).

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Hooker Furniture Ratings Report

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At the close,

Vapor

(

VPCO

) was down $0.06 (4.3%) to $1.34 on light volume. Throughout the day, 32,901 shares of Vapor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 205,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.28-$1.40 after having opened the day at $1.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.40.

Vapor Corp. designs, markets, and distributes electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, e-liquids, and accessories primarily in the United States and Canada. Vapor has a market cap of $23.4 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are unchanged year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Vapor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Vapor

as a

sell

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

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on VPCO 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 Tobacco industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 1810.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.06 million to -$1.05 million.
  • The gross profit margin for VAPOR CORP/NV is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 25.31%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -17.28% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.59 million or 1693.93% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • VAPOR CORP/NV's earnings have gone downhill when comparing its most recently reported quarter with the same quarter a year earlier. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, VAPOR CORP/NV turned its bottom line around by earning $0.03 versus -$0.10 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 600.0% in earnings (-$0.15 versus $0.03).
  • This stock's share value has moved by only 68.66% over the past year. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Vapor Ratings Report

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Marine Products

(

MPX

) was another company that pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today. Marine Products was down $0.23 (3.0%) to $7.52 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,829 shares of Marine Products exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $7.51-$7.65 after having opened the day at $7.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.75.

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 $296.2 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 22.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Marine Products a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on MPX go as follows:

  • MPX's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 6.8%. 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 195.22%.
  • 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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