3 Consumer Non-Durables Stocks Driving The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 64.62 points (-0.4%) at 16,379 as of Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,596 issues advancing vs. 1,415 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Consumer Non-Durables industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.6%. Top gainers within the Consumer Non-Durables industry included China Shengda Packaging Group ( CPGI), up 5.5%, DS Healthcare Group ( DSKX), up 8.1%, Core Molding Technologies ( CMT), up 5.2%, Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), up 2.8% and Verso Paper ( VRS), up 3.1%.

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

Core Molding Technologies ( CMT) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today. Core Molding Technologies was up $0.67 (5.2%) to $13.49 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 62,678 shares of Core Molding Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $13.20-$13.70 after having opened the day at $13.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.82.

Core Molding Technologies, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures sheet molding compounds (SMC) and molds of fiberglass reinforced plastics. Core Molding Technologies has a market cap of $99.8 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 6.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Core Molding Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Core Molding Technologies 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, attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CMT go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 8.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 19.5%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • CMT's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.12 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 1.13, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 43.55% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, CMT should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Chemicals industry. The net income increased by 26.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $1.68 million to $2.12 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Core Molding Technologies Ratings Report

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At the close, DS Healthcare Group ( DSKX) was up $0.10 (8.1%) to $1.33 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 41,790 shares of DS Healthcare Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.13-$1.34 after having opened the day at $1.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.23.

DS Healthcare Group has a market cap of $20.6 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 49.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on DSKX go as follows:

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

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China Shengda Packaging Group ( CPGI) was another company that pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today. China Shengda Packaging Group was up $0.05 (5.5%) to $0.95 on light volume. Throughout the day, 200 shares of China Shengda Packaging Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.95-$0.95 after having opened the day at $0.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.90.

China Shengda Packaging Group Inc., a paper packaging company, designs, manufactures, and sells flexo-printed and color-printed corrugated paper cartons of various sizes and strengths primarily in the People's Republic of China. China Shengda Packaging Group has a market cap of $35.7 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 8.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate China Shengda Packaging Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates China Shengda Packaging Group as a hold. 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 and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CPGI go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 7.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 19.2%. 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.
  • CPGI's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.22 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 1.16, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Containers & Packaging industry and the overall market, CHINA SHENGDA PACKAGING GP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for CHINA SHENGDA PACKAGING GP is rather low; currently it is at 19.13%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -1.66% trails that of the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: China Shengda Packaging Group Ratings Report

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