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The Consumer Durables industry as a whole closed the day down 2.2% versus the S&P 500, which was down 2.1%. Laggards within the Consumer Durables industry included

Koss

(

KOSS

), down 11.5%,

Marine Products

(

MPX

), down 5.3%,

Elecsys

(

ESYS

), down 2.1%,

Vapor

(

VPCO

), down 13.7% and

Escalade

(

ESCA

), down 4.2%.

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

Canon

(

CAJ

) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today. Canon was down $0.78 (2.4%) to $31.44 on average volume. Throughout the day, 235,629 shares of Canon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 233,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $31.41-$31.74 after having opened the day at $31.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.22.

Canon Inc. manufactures and sells office multifunction devices (MFDs), plain paper copying machines, laser printers, inkjet printers, cameras, and lithography equipment. Canon has a market cap of $35.3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 0.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Canon a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Canon

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, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CAJ 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 Computers & Peripherals industry average. The net income increased by 24.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $648.14 million to $806.02 million.
  • CAJ's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.00 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels.
  • The gross profit margin for CANON INC is rather high; currently it is at 58.85%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, CAJ's net profit margin of 8.67% significantly trails the industry average.
  • CANON INC has improved earnings per share by 28.6% 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, CANON INC reported lower earnings of $1.91 versus $2.21 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.01 versus $1.91).
  • CAJ, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 9.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 0.1%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Canon Ratings Report

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At the close,

Vapor

(

VPCO

) was down $0.17 (13.7%) to $1.10 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 444,292 shares of Vapor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 209,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.03-$1.22 after having opened the day at $1.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.27.

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 $22.1 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are unchanged year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 $0.42 (5.3%) to $7.44 on light volume. Throughout the day, 9,717 shares of Marine Products exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $7.43-$7.81 after having opened the day at $7.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.86.

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 $287.0 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 21.8% 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.

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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