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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 1.9%. Laggards within the Consumer Durables industry included

Stanley Furniture

(

STLY

), down 3.6%,

SGOCO Group

(

SGOC

), down 7.8%,

Acme United

(

ACU

), down 3.8%,

Johnson Outdoors

(

JOUT

), down 4.8% and

Flexsteel Industries

(

FLXS

), down 4.0%.

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

Johnson Outdoors

(

JOUT

) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today. Johnson Outdoors was down $1.48 (4.8%) to $29.40 on light volume. Throughout the day, 8,259 shares of Johnson Outdoors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $29.21-$30.81 after having opened the day at $30.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.88.

Johnson Outdoors Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets seasonal outdoor recreation products used for fishing, diving, paddling, hiking, and camping primarily in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Pacific Basin. Johnson Outdoors has a market cap of $273.6 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are unchanged year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Johnson Outdoors

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in net income, expanding profit margins 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 JOUT go as follows:

  • JOUT's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 4.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.8%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • JOUT's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.04 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, JOUT has a quick ratio of 1.91, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 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 77.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$3.51 million to -$0.79 million.
  • 43.54% is the gross profit margin for JOHNSON OUTDOORS 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 -0.92% is in-line with the industry average.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, reflecting both the market's overall trend during that period and the fact that the company's earnings growth has been robust. The stock's price rise over the last year has driven it to a level which is somewhat expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Johnson Outdoors Ratings Report

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At the close,

Acme United

(

ACU

) was down $0.75 (3.8%) to $19.05 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 8,085 shares of Acme United exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $19.05-$19.60 after having opened the day at $19.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.80.

Acme United Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, supplies cutting, measuring, and first aid products to the school, home, office, hardware, sporting goods, and industrial markets in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Acme United has a market cap of $65.8 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are unchanged year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Acme United a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Acme United

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ACU go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 8.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 35.6%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.78, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. To add to this, ACU has a quick ratio of 2.04, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 28.06% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, ACU should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • ACME UNITED CORP has improved earnings per share by 17.2% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, ACME UNITED CORP increased its bottom line by earning $1.22 versus $1.14 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.37 versus $1.22).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Commercial Services & Supplies industry average. The net income increased by 24.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $0.96 million to $1.19 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Acme United Ratings Report

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Stanley Furniture

(

STLY

) was another company that pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today. Stanley Furniture was down $0.10 (3.6%) to $2.74 on light volume. Throughout the day, 8,774 shares of Stanley Furniture exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 20,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.74-$2.84 after having opened the day at $2.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.84.

Stanley Furniture Company, Inc. designs, manufactures, and imports wood furniture for the residential market in the United States. Stanley Furniture has a market cap of $40.8 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Stanley Furniture a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Stanley Furniture

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, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on STLY go as follows:

  • STANLEY FURNITURE CO INC 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. Earnings per share have declined over the last year. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, STANLEY FURNITURE CO INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.57 versus $2.09 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 224.6% in earnings (-$1.85 versus -$0.57).
  • 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, STANLEY FURNITURE CO INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for STANLEY FURNITURE CO INC is rather low; currently it is at 20.94%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -16.25% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • The share price of STANLEY FURNITURE CO INC has not done very well: it is down 24.60% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. 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.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 10.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 5.0%. 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:

Stanley Furniture Ratings Report

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