3 Consumer Goods Stocks Pushing The Sector Higher

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One out of the three major indices traded up today The three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 1.09 points (0.0%) at 17,086 as of Thursday, July 24, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,410 issues advancing vs. 1,558 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.1%. Top gainers within the Consumer Goods sector included Golden ( GLDC), up 2.8%, DS Healthcare Group ( DSKX), up 4.1%, Virco Manufacturing ( VIRC), up 4.3%, Tofutti Brands ( TOF), up 4.3% and Cobra Electronics ( COBR), up 3.0%.

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

Cobra Electronics ( COBR) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today. Cobra Electronics was up $0.12 (3.0%) to $4.08 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 31,394 shares of Cobra Electronics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.90-$4.20 after having opened the day at $3.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.96.

Cobra Electronics Corporation designs and markets consumer electronics products in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Cobra Electronics has a market cap of $25.9 million and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 31.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Cobra Electronics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Cobra Electronics as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on COBR go as follows:

  • COBRA ELECTRONICS CORP's earnings per share declined by 8.7% 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 two years. During the past fiscal year, COBRA ELECTRONICS CORP swung to a loss, reporting -$0.17 versus $0.49 in the prior year.
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Household Durables industry and the overall market, COBRA ELECTRONICS CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for COBRA ELECTRONICS CORP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 30.85%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -7.79% trails that of the industry average.
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the Household Durables industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has decreased by 8.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$1.53 million to -$1.67 million.
  • COBR, 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 0.9%. 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: Cobra Electronics Ratings Report

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