The Consumer Non-Durables industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.9%. Laggards within the Consumer Non-Durables industry included

KBS Fashion Group

(

KBSF

), down 2.6%,

Ever-Glory International Group

(

EVK

), down 2.4%,

Blyth

(

BTH

), down 6.9%,

Tandy Leather Factory

(

TLF

), down 4.0% and

United-Guardian

(

UG

), down 1.7%.

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

United-Guardian

(

UG

) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry lower today. United-Guardian was down $0.34 (1.7%) to $19.31 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,114 shares of United-Guardian exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $19.20-$19.43 after having opened the day at $19.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.65.

United-Guardian, Inc. researches, develops, manufactures, and markets cosmetic ingredients, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, medical lubricants, health care products, and specialty industrial products in the United States, Canada, China, the United Kingdom, France, and internationally. United-Guardian has a market cap of $88.4 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 0.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

United-Guardian

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, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on UG go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 2.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 10.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • UG 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. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 9.11, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • 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 Personal Products industry average. The net income increased by 9.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $1.34 million to $1.46 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 102.91% to $1.81 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, UNITED-GUARDIAN INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -1.41%.
  • The gross profit margin for UNITED-GUARDIAN INC is rather high; currently it is at 62.58%. Regardless of UG's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, UG's net profit margin of 33.41% significantly outperformed against the industry.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

United-Guardian Ratings Report

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At the close,

Tandy Leather Factory

(

TLF

) was down $0.32 (4.0%) to $7.78 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,332 shares of Tandy Leather Factory exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $7.72-$8.04 after having opened the day at $8.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.10.

Tandy Leather Factory, Inc. engages 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 $82.2 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 9.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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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, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on TLF go as follows:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 8.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.8%. 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.
  • TLF's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.04 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, TLF has a quick ratio of 1.67, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 341.93% to $3.51 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, TANDY LEATHER FACTORY INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 29.32%.
  • The gross profit margin for TANDY LEATHER FACTORY INC is rather high; currently it is at 62.37%. Regardless of TLF'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 6.94% trails the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Tandy Leather Factory Ratings Report

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Blyth

(

BTH

) was another company that pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry lower today. Blyth was down $0.24 (6.9%) to $3.24 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 29,343 shares of Blyth exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.22-$3.50 after having opened the day at $3.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.48.

Blyth has a market cap of $56.0 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 62.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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