3 Stocks Advancing The Consumer Non-Durables Industry

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One out of the three major indices traded up today Two out of the three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 17 points (0.1%) at 16,447 as of Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,883 issues advancing vs. 1,122 declining with 133 unchanged.

The Consumer Non-Durables industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which was unchanged. Top gainers within the Consumer Non-Durables industry included Delta Apparel ( DLA), up 1.7%, Superior Uniform Group ( SGC), up 5.2%, Weyco Group ( WEYS), up 2.5%, Nutraceutical International ( NUTR), up 3.5% and Verso Paper ( VRS), up 2.6%.

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

Nutraceutical International ( NUTR) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today. Nutraceutical International was up $0.78 (3.5%) to $23.39 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6,525 shares of Nutraceutical International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 22,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $22.54-$23.45 after having opened the day at $22.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.61.

Nutraceutical International Corporation manufactures, markets, distributes, and retails branded nutritional supplements and other natural products in the United States and internationally. Nutraceutical International has a market cap of $226.1 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 14.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Nutraceutical International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Nutraceutical International as a buy. 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, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on NUTR go as follows:

  • Although NUTR's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.25 is very low, it is currently higher than that of the industry average. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.01, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • The gross profit margin for NUTRACEUTICAL INTL CORP is rather high; currently it is at 53.38%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 7.88% is in-line with the industry average.
  • NUTRACEUTICAL INTL CORP's earnings per share declined by 22.8% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, NUTRACEUTICAL INTL CORP increased its bottom line by earning $1.74 versus $1.59 in the prior year. This year, the market expects earnings to be in line with last year ($1.74 versus $1.74).
  • NUTR, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 1.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 3.0%. 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: Nutraceutical International Ratings Report

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At the close, Weyco Group ( WEYS) was up $0.66 (2.5%) to $27.29 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,549 shares of Weyco Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.22-$27.42 after having opened the day at $26.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.63.

Weyco Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in the distribution and retail of footwear. It operates in two segments, North American Wholesale and North American Retail. Weyco Group has a market cap of $280.1 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 12.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Weyco Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Weyco Group 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, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on WEYS go as follows:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 9.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.8%. 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.
  • WEYS's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.05 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 2.85, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 125.32% to $8.30 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, WEYCO GROUP INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -14.05%.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Distributors industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 0.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $3.20 million to $3.21 million.
  • 37.88% is the gross profit margin for WEYCO GROUP INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of WEYS'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 4.27% trails the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Weyco Group Ratings Report

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Delta Apparel ( DLA) was another company that pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today. Delta Apparel was up $0.21 (1.7%) to $12.40 on average volume. Throughout the day, 12,022 shares of Delta Apparel exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $12.01-$12.40 after having opened the day at $12.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.19.

Delta Apparel has a market cap of $95.9 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 28.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on DLA go as follows:

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Delta Apparel Ratings Report

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