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All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 45.88 points (-0.3%) at 17,054 as of Monday, July 21, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,120 issues advancing vs. 1,886 declining with 123 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector as a whole closed the day down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.2%. Top gainers within the Consumer Goods sector included

Ocean Bio-Chem

(

OBCI

), up 2.0%,

Leading Brands

(

LBIX

), up 2.0%,

China Xiniya Fashion

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TheStreet Recommends

(

XNY

), up 3.2%,

Natuzzi SPA

(

NTZ

), up 1.8% and

Emerson Radio

(

MSN

), up 2.7%.

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

Natuzzi SPA

(

NTZ

) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today. Natuzzi SPA was up $0.04 (1.8%) to $2.44 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 48,687 shares of Natuzzi SPA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.37-$2.49 after having opened the day at $2.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.40.

Natuzzi S.p.A. designs, manufactures, and markets leather and fabric upholstered furniture worldwide. Natuzzi SPA has a market cap of $132.2 million and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are down 7.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Natuzzi SPA a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Natuzzi SPA as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on NTZ go as follows:

  • NATUZZI SPA 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. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, NATUZZI SPA reported poor results of -$1.71 versus -$0.63 in the prior year.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed against the S&P 500 and did not exceed that of the Household Durables industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 75.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$7.69 million to -$13.50 million.
  • 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 Household Durables industry and the overall market, NATUZZI SPA's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for NATUZZI SPA is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 31.00%. Regardless of NTZ's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, NTZ's net profit margin of -9.95% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • NTZ, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 17.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 4.4%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Natuzzi SPA Ratings Report

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At the close,

China Xiniya Fashion

(

XNY

) was up $0.03 (3.2%) to $0.98 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,509 shares of China Xiniya Fashion exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 36,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.95-$0.99 after having opened the day at $0.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.95.

China Xiniya Fashion Limited designs, manufactures, and sells men's business casual and business formal apparel and accessories to retail customers in the People's Republic of China. China Xiniya Fashion has a market cap of $54.1 million and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are down 27.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate China Xiniya Fashion a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates China Xiniya Fashion 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, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. 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 XNY go as follows:

  • XNY 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 9.03, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • XNY, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 8.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 7.6%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 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 decreased by 20.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $5.35 million to $4.28 million.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. In comparison to the other companies in the Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods industry and the overall market, CHINA XINIYA FASHION LTD-ADR'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:

China Xiniya Fashion Ratings Report

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Leading Brands

(

LBIX

) was another company that pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today. Leading Brands was up $0.08 (2.0%) to $4.03 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 24,501 shares of Leading Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.81-$4.04 after having opened the day at $3.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.95.

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 $11.1 million and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are down 0.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Leading Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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 and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LBIX go as follows:

  • LBIX's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.00 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 1.26, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • 44.03% 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, LBIX's net profit margin of 4.74% is significantly lower than the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.38 million or 132.18% 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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Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.