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The Consumer Goods sector as a whole closed the day down 1.3% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.9%. Laggards within the Consumer Goods sector included

Crystal Rock Holdings

(

CRVP

), down 7.8%,

Fuwei Films (Holdings

(

FFHL

), down 1.6%,

BRASILAGRO - CIA Bras de Prop Agricolas

(

LND

), down 2.1%,

Leading Brands

(

LBIX

), down 2.5% and

Golden

(

GLDC

), down 3.2%.

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

American Woodmark

(

AMWD

) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today. American Woodmark was down $0.78 (2.0%) to $38.95 on average volume. Throughout the day, 142,489 shares of American Woodmark exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 123,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $38.53-$39.82 after having opened the day at $39.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.73.

American Woodmark Corporation manufactures and distributes kitchen cabinets and vanities for the remodeling and home construction markets in the United States. The company offers framed stock cabinets in approximately 600 various cabinet lines, which include 85 door designs in 19 colors. American Woodmark has a market cap of $629.5 million and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are down 1.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates American Woodmark a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

American Woodmark

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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on AMWD go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 2.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 14.3%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • AMWD's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.10 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 2.56, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • AMERICAN WOODMARK CORP has improved earnings per share by 41.2% 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, AMERICAN WOODMARK CORP increased its bottom line by earning $1.31 versus $0.66 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.91 versus $1.31).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Building Products industry average. The net income increased by 45.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $5.27 million to $7.67 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

American Woodmark Ratings Report

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At the close,

Leading Brands

(

LBIX

) was down $0.09 (2.5%) to $3.50 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,309 shares of Leading Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.50-$3.50 after having opened the day at $3.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.59.

Leading Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in the development, production, marketing, and distribution of beverages in Canada, the western United States, and Asia. Leading Brands has a market cap of $10.9 million and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are up 2.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Leading Brands

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LBIX go as follows:

  • LBIX 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. To add to this, LBIX has a quick ratio of 1.60, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 45.23% is the gross profit margin for LEADING BRANDS INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of LBIX's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 10.21% trails the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $0.25 million or 63.11% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Beverages industry and the overall market, LEADING BRANDS INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Leading Brands Ratings Report

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Fuwei Films (Holdings

(

FFHL

) was another company that pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today. Fuwei Films (Holdings was down $0.01 (1.6%) to $0.60 on light volume. Throughout the day, 7,469 shares of Fuwei Films (Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.60-$0.70 after having opened the day at $0.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.61.

Fuwei Films (Holdings) Co., Ltd., through its subsidiary, Fuwei Films (Shandong) Co., Ltd., develops, manufactures, and distributes plastic films using the biaxially- oriented stretch technique in the People's Republic of China. Fuwei Films (Holdings has a market cap of $7.4 million and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are down 8.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Fuwei Films (Holdings

as a

sell

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

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on FFHL go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1.87 million or 247.32% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • The gross profit margin for FUWEI FILMS HOLDINGS CO is currently extremely low, coming in at 12.97%. Despite the low profit margin, it has increased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, FFHL's net profit margin of -25.64% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • FFHL'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 51.76%, 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.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Chemicals industry and the overall market, FUWEI FILMS HOLDINGS CO's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • FUWEI FILMS HOLDINGS CO has improved earnings per share by 24.1% 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, FUWEI FILMS HOLDINGS CO reported poor results of -$0.74 versus -$0.66 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Fuwei Films (Holdings Ratings Report

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