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The Consumer Non-Durables industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.7%. Laggards within the Consumer Non-Durables industry included

Forward Industries

(

FORD

), down 2.4%,

Ever-Glory International Group

(

EVK

), down 5.3%,

Crown Crafts

(

CRWS

), down 2.2%,

Rocky Brands

(

RCKY

), down 1.8% and

Swisher Hygiene

(

SWSH

), down 2.2%.

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

Swisher Hygiene

(

SWSH

) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry lower today. Swisher Hygiene was down $0.07 (2.2%) to $3.10 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 134,491 shares of Swisher Hygiene exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 72,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.91-$3.16 after having opened the day at $3.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.17.

Swisher Hygiene Inc. provides hygiene and sanitation solutions. It solutions include cleaning and sanitizing chemicals and restroom hygiene programs, as well as a range of related products and services. Swisher Hygiene has a market cap of $56.6 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 38.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Swisher Hygiene a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Swisher Hygiene

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SWSH 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 Commercial Services & Supplies industry and the overall market, SWISHER HYGIENE INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Looking at the price performance of SWSH's shares over the past 12 months, there is not much good news to report: the stock is down 44.62%, and it has underformed the S&P 500 Index. In addition, the company's earnings per share are lower today than the year-earlier 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.
  • SWISHER HYGIENE INC's earnings per share declined by 7.5% 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 year. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SWISHER HYGIENE INC reported poor results of -$8.50 versus -$4.60 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$2.41 versus -$8.50).
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and greatly underperformed compared to the Commercial Services & Supplies industry average. The net income increased by 1.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$15.38 million to -$15.15 million.
  • SWSH, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 4.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 9.8%. 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:

Swisher Hygiene Ratings Report

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At the close,

Rocky Brands

(

RCKY

) was down $0.25 (1.8%) to $13.75 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 26,683 shares of Rocky Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $13.65-$14.14 after having opened the day at $14.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.00.

Rocky Brands, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets footwear and apparel under the Rocky, Georgia Boot, Durango, Lehigh, Creative Recreation, and Michelin brands. Rocky Brands has a market cap of $105.6 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 4.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Rocky Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Rocky Brands

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on RCKY go as follows:

  • RCKY's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 14.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 15.8%. 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.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.33, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Despite the fact that RCKY's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 2.24 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and greatly underperformed compared to the Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods industry average. The net income has decreased by 14.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $1.77 million to $1.51 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 Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods industry and the overall market, ROCKY BRANDS 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:

Rocky Brands Ratings Report

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Crown Crafts

(

CRWS

) was another company that pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry lower today. Crown Crafts was down $0.17 (2.2%) to $7.46 on light volume. Throughout the day, 9,697 shares of Crown Crafts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $7.45-$7.65 after having opened the day at $7.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.63.

Crown Crafts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, designs, markets, and distributes infant, toddler, and juvenile consumer products in the United States and internationally. Crown Crafts has a market cap of $76.0 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 1.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Crown Crafts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Crown Crafts

as a

buy

. 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, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CRWS go as follows:

  • CRWS 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, CRWS has a quick ratio of 1.66, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 92.08% to $6.48 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, CROWN CRAFTS INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 5.00%.
  • 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 Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, CROWN CRAFTS INC has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500.
  • CROWN CRAFTS INC's earnings per share declined by 12.5% 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, CROWN CRAFTS INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.59 versus $0.52 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.61 versus $0.59).

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Crown Crafts Ratings Report

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