The Consumer Non-Durables industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.2%. Laggards within the Consumer Non-Durables industry included

STR Holdings

(

STRI

), down 18.0%,

CTI Industries

(

CTIB

), down 1.8%,

Orient Paper

(

ONP

), down 2.0%,

Verso

(

VRS

), down 11.9% and

CryoPort

(

CYRX

), down 3.3%.

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

Orient Paper

(

ONP

) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry lower today. Orient Paper was down $0.04 (2.0%) to $1.95 on light volume. Throughout the day, 18,207 shares of Orient Paper exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 27,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.90-$1.99 after having opened the day at $1.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.99.

Orient Paper, Inc. produces and distributes paper products in the People's Republic of China. It operates through two segments, Orient Paper HB and Orient Paper Shengde. Orient Paper has a market cap of $39.6 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 80.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Orient Paper

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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 ONP go as follows:

  • ONP's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 5.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.9%. 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.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.31, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.29 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • 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 Paper & Forest Products industry and the overall market, ORIENT PAPER INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1.98 million or 125.24% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Orient Paper Ratings Report

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At the close,

CTI Industries

(

CTIB

) was down $0.06 (1.8%) to $3.56 on light volume. Throughout the day, 802 shares of CTI Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.56-$3.56 after having opened the day at $3.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.62.

CTI Industries Corporation develops, manufactures, and supplies flexible film products for novelty, packaging and container, and custom film product applications worldwide. CTI Industries has a market cap of $11.3 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

CTI Industries

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CTIB go as follows:

  • CTI INDUSTRIES CORP reported significant earnings per share improvement 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. During the past fiscal year, CTI INDUSTRIES CORP increased its bottom line by earning $0.14 versus $0.11 in the prior year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Household Durables industry. The net income increased by 533.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.05 million to $0.29 million.
  • CTIB has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 23.15% from its price level of one year ago. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.70 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. To add to this, CTIB has a quick ratio of 0.56, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

CTI Industries Ratings Report

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STR Holdings

(

STRI

) was another company that pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry lower today. STR Holdings was down $0.20 (18.0%) to $0.91 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 145,380 shares of STR Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 28,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.89-$1.11 after having opened the day at $1.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.11.

STR Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a plastic and industrial materials research and development company worldwide. STR Holdings has a market cap of $15.9 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 73.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates STR Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

STR Holdings

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its 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 STRI 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 Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry and the overall market, STR HOLDINGS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for STR HOLDINGS INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 5.01%. Regardless of STRI's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, STRI's net profit margin of -37.97% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • STRI'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 79.95%, 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.
  • STRI, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 10.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 26.5%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • STR HOLDINGS INC reported significant earnings per share improvement 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, STR HOLDINGS INC reported poor results of -$2.25 versus -$1.32 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.37 versus -$2.25).

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

STR Holdings Ratings Report

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