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All three major indices traded up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 47 points (0.3%) at 18,019 as of Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,931 issues advancing vs. 1,153 declining with 128 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector as a whole closed the day up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.4%. Top gainers within the Consumer Goods sector included

Natuzzi SPA

(

NTZ

), up 7.6%,

Emerson Radio

(

MSN

), up 2.0%,

Sypris Solutions

(

SYPR

), up 2.6%,

SORL Auto Parts

(

SORL

), up 2.7% and

Standard Register

(

SR

), up 6.8%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

SORL Auto Parts

(

SORL

) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today. SORL Auto Parts was up $0.09 (2.7%) to $3.40 on average volume. Throughout the day, 15,431 shares of SORL Auto Parts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.25-$3.40 after having opened the day at $3.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.31.

SORL Auto Parts, Inc. develops, manufactures, and distributes automotive brake systems and other safety related auto parts. It operates in two segments, Commercial Vehicles Brake Systems, etc.; and Passenger Vehicles Brake Systems, etc. SORL Auto Parts has a market cap of $64.1 million and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 10.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates SORL Auto Parts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates SORL Auto Parts as a

hold

. 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 and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SORL go as follows:

  • SORL's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 0.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.7%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • SORL's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.09 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, SORL has a quick ratio of 2.31, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 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 Auto Components industry. The net income has decreased by 12.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $3.31 million to $2.90 million.
  • 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. In comparison to the other companies in the Auto Components industry and the overall market, SORL AUTO PARTS INC's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

SORL Auto Parts Ratings Report

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At the close,

Sypris Solutions

(

SYPR

) was up $0.06 (2.6%) to $2.39 on average volume. Throughout the day, 16,565 shares of Sypris Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 20,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.32-$2.42 after having opened the day at $2.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.33.

Sypris Solutions, Inc. provides outsourced services and specialty products primarily in the United States, Mexico, Denmark, and the United Kingdom. Sypris Solutions has a market cap of $48.2 million and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 12.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Sypris Solutions a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Sypris Solutions as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SYPR go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 0.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 18.3%. 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 Auto Components industry. The net income increased by 41.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$2.00 million to -$1.16 million.
  • SYPRIS SOLUTIONS INC has improved earnings per share by 40.0% 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, SYPRIS SOLUTIONS INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.52 versus $0.52 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.05 versus -$0.52).
  • The gross profit margin for SYPRIS SOLUTIONS INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 11.97%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -1.28% trails that of the industry average.
  • SYPR has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 22.30% from its price level of one year ago. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Sypris Solutions Ratings Report

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Natuzzi SPA

(

NTZ

) was another company that pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today. Natuzzi SPA was up $0.12 (7.6%) to $1.70 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,515 shares of Natuzzi SPA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.56-$1.70 after having opened the day at $1.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.58.

Natuzzi S.p.A. designs, manufactures, and markets leather and fabric upholstered furniture worldwide. Natuzzi SPA has a market cap of $86.1 million and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 1.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Natuzzi SPA a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Natuzzi SPA as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on NTZ go as follows:

  • 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 30.78%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -7.81% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$28.70 million or 586.21% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • NTZ's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 30.22%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. 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.
  • NATUZZI SPA reported significant earnings per share improvement 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, NATUZZI SPA reported poor results of -$1.71 versus -$0.63 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Natuzzi SPA Ratings Report

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