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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 16 points (0.1%) at 16,738 as of Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,467 issues advancing vs. 1,547 declining with 149 unchanged.

The Consumer Non-Durables industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.2%. Top gainers within the Consumer Non-Durables industry included Standard Register ( SR), up 2.1%, Ever-Glory International Group ( EVK), up 3.5%, STR Holdings ( STRI), up 5.3%, Verso Paper ( VRS), up 2.9% and Summer Infant ( SUMR), up 2.3%.

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

Verso Paper ( VRS) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today. Verso Paper was up $0.07 (2.9%) to $2.47 on light volume. Throughout the day, 37,213 shares of Verso Paper exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 195,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.44-$2.57 after having opened the day at $2.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.40.

Verso Paper Corp. produces and sells coated papers in the United States. The company offers coated groundwood paper used primarily for catalogs and magazines; and coated freesheet paper used primarily for annual reports, brochures, and magazine covers. Verso Paper has a market cap of $132.8 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 283.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Verso Paper a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on VRS 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 Paper & Forest Products industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 178.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $25.48 million to -$20.01 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $38.93 million or 20.55% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, VERSO PAPER CORP has marginally lower results.
  • The gross profit margin for VERSO PAPER CORP is rather low; currently it is at 18.45%. Regardless of VRS's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year.
  • VERSO PAPER CORP 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, VERSO PAPER CORP continued to lose money by earning -$2.09 versus -$3.29 in the prior year.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 8.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 2.9%. 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: Verso Paper Ratings Report

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At the close, STR Holdings ( STRI) was up $0.07 (5.3%) to $1.39 on average volume. Throughout the day, 163,379 shares of STR Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 166,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.33-$1.40 after having opened the day at $1.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.32.

STR Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, and sells encapsulants for solar module manufacturers worldwide. Its encapsulants protect the embedded semiconductor circuits of solar panels. STR Holdings has a market cap of $34.5 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 15.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate STR Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates STR Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on STRI go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$4.29 million or 138.73% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • 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 50.54%, 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.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength 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.
  • STRI, with its very weak revenue results, has greatly underperformed against the industry average of 3.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues plummeted by 58.4%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • STRI 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 5.95, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: STR Holdings Ratings Report

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Standard Register ( SR) was another company that pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today. Standard Register was up $0.10 (2.1%) to $4.85 on light volume. Throughout the day, 21,383 shares of Standard Register exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 30,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.76-$5.00 after having opened the day at $4.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.75.

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 $42.0 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 31.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Standard Register a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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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