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All three major indices traded up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 100 points (0.6%) at 16,838 as of Thursday, June 5, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,349 issues advancing vs. 623 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Consumer Non-Durables industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.6%. Top gainers within the Consumer Non-Durables industry included

Ocean Bio-Chem

(

OBCI

), up 5.6%,

Exceed

(

EDS

), up 2.1%,

Standard Register

(

SR

), up 4.4%,

Tandy Leather Factory

(

TLF

), up 2.7% and

STR Holdings

(

STRI

), up 2.2%.

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

Tandy Leather Factory

(

TLF

) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today. Tandy Leather Factory was up $0.25 (2.7%) to $9.46 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 37,657 shares of Tandy Leather Factory exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $9.33-$9.50 after having opened the day at $9.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.21.

Tandy Leather Factory, Inc. is engaged in the retail and wholesale distribution of leather and related products. It operates through three segments: Wholesale Leathercraft, Retail Leathercraft, and International Leathercraft. Tandy Leather Factory has a market cap of $95.2 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 4.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Tandy Leather Factory a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Tandy Leather Factory

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, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on TLF go as follows:

  • TLF's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 3.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.1%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • TLF's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.06 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.12, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • 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 29.14% 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, TLF should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • TANDY LEATHER FACTORY INC has improved earnings per share by 12.5% 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, TANDY LEATHER FACTORY INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.71 versus $0.55 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.81 versus $0.71).
  • The gross profit margin for TANDY LEATHER FACTORY INC is rather high; currently it is at 65.84%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 9.34% is above that of the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Tandy Leather Factory Ratings Report

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At the close,

Standard Register

(

SR

) was up $0.21 (4.4%) to $5.00 on light volume. Throughout the day, 15,852 shares of Standard Register exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 30,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.78-$5.10 after having opened the day at $4.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.79.

The Standard Register Company is engaged in the management and execution of critical communications in the United States. Standard Register has a market cap of $39.2 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 30.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Standard Register a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Standard Register as a

sell

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

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SR 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 Commercial Services & Supplies industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 247.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$2.05 million to -$7.13 million.
  • The gross profit margin for STANDARD REGISTER CO is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 31.35%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -3.11% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1.11 million or 122.79% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • STANDARD REGISTER CO 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. 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, STANDARD REGISTER CO continued to lose money by earning -$1.65 versus -$4.90 in the prior year.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, SR's share price has jumped by 70.49%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the future course of this stock, we feel that the risks involved in investing in SR do not compensate for any future upside potential, despite the fact that it has seen nice gains over the past 12 months.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Standard Register Ratings Report

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Exceed

(

EDS

) was another company that pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today. Exceed was up $0.04 (2.1%) to $1.67 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,378 shares of Exceed exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 40,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.63-$1.67 after having opened the day at $1.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.63.

Exceed Company Ltd. is engaged in the design, development, and wholesale of footwear, apparel, and accessories under the brand name of Xidelong in the People's Republic of China. Exceed has a market cap of $52.7 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Exceed a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exceed as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, 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 feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on EDS go as follows:

  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, EDS's share price has jumped by 31.14%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • EDS's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.03 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 9.67, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • EDS, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 16.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 12.7%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • EXCEED CO LTD's earnings per share declined by 43.8% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, EXCEED CO LTD reported lower earnings of $0.96 versus $2.31 in the prior year.
  • 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 Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 40.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $5.10 million to $3.01 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Exceed Ratings Report

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