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The three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 15 points (0.1%) at 17,122 as of Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,719 issues advancing vs. 1,312 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector as a whole was unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which was unchanged. Top gainers within the Consumer Goods sector included DS Healthcare Group ( DSKX), up 1.9%, Cobra Electronics ( COBR), up 2.1%, Truett-Hurst Inc Class A ( THST), up 5.2%, Willamette Valley Vineyards ( WVVI), up 2.4% and CCA Industries ( CAW), up 6.2%.

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

Truett-Hurst Inc Class A ( THST) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today. Truett-Hurst Inc Class A was up $0.22 (5.2%) to $4.47 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,800 shares of Truett-Hurst Inc Class A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.30-$4.47 after having opened the day at $4.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.25.

Truett-Hurst, Inc. produces, markets, and sells wines primarily in the United States and Canada. It produces a range of varietals of wine products, including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel. Truett-Hurst Inc Class A has a market cap of $15.9 million and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 1.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Truett-Hurst Inc Class A a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Truett-Hurst Inc Class A as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been very high debt management risk by most measures.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on THST go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.05 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, THST maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.74, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • 36.61% is the gross profit margin for TRUETT-HURST INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of THST's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, THST's net profit margin of -3.56% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Compared to other companies in the Beverages industry and the overall market, TRUETT-HURST INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • THST has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 18.74% from its price level of one year ago.
  • TRUETT-HURST INC has improved earnings per share by 40.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Truett-Hurst Inc Class A Ratings Report

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At the close, Cobra Electronics ( COBR) was up $0.08 (2.1%) to $3.97 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9,824 shares of Cobra Electronics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.86-$3.97 after having opened the day at $3.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.89.

Cobra Electronics Corporation designs and markets consumer electronics products in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Cobra Electronics has a market cap of $25.8 million and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 28.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on COBR go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 5.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 12.1%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Household Durables industry. The net income increased by 104.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$1.94 million to $0.09 million.
  • COBRA ELECTRONICS CORP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, COBRA ELECTRONICS CORP swung to a loss, reporting -$0.17 versus $0.49 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.25 versus -$0.17).
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 103.44% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 56.52% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Looking ahead, however, we cannot assume that the stock's past performance is going to drive future results. Quite to the contrary, its sharp appreciation over the last year is one of the factors that should prompt investors to seek better opportunities elsewhere.
  • The gross profit margin for COBRA ELECTRONICS CORP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 28.28%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 0.30% trails that of the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Cobra Electronics Ratings Report

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DS Healthcare Group ( DSKX) was another company that pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today. DS Healthcare Group was up $0.03 (1.9%) to $1.42 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6,692 shares of DS Healthcare Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.25-$1.45 after having opened the day at $1.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.39.

DS Healthcare Group has a market cap of $22.7 million and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 43.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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.