3 Consumer Goods Stocks Pushing The Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 97.55 points (-0.6%) at 17,014 as of Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 707 issues advancing vs. 2,350 declining with 145 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector as a whole closed the day down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.7%. Top gainers within the Consumer Goods sector included Crystal Rock Holdings ( CRVP), up 2.5%, CTI Industries ( CTIB), up 8.2%, Global-Tech Advanced Innovations ( GAI), up 3.3%, China Xiniya Fashion ( XNY), up 2.8% and Fuwei Films (Holdings ( FFHL), up 8.2%.

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

Fuwei Films (Holdings ( FFHL) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today. Fuwei Films (Holdings was up $0.09 (8.2%) to $1.23 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 85,549 shares of Fuwei Films (Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 27,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.15-$1.24 after having opened the day at $1.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.14.

Fuwei Films (Holdings) Co., Ltd., through its subsidiary, Fuwei Films (Shandong) Co., Ltd., develops, manufactures, and distributes plastic films using the biaxially- oriented stretch technique in the People's Republic of China. Fuwei Films (Holdings has a market cap of $14.5 million and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are down 0.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Fuwei Films (Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Fuwei Films (Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on FFHL go as follows:

  • FUWEI FILMS HOLDINGS CO's earnings per share declined by 21.7% 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, FUWEI FILMS HOLDINGS CO reported poor results of -$0.74 versus -$0.66 in the prior year.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed against the S&P 500 and did not exceed that of the Chemicals industry. The net income has decreased by 23.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$3.00 million to -$3.71 million.
  • 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 Chemicals industry and the overall market, FUWEI FILMS HOLDINGS CO's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for FUWEI FILMS HOLDINGS CO is currently extremely low, coming in at 3.71%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -32.84% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Looking at the price performance of FFHL's shares over the past 12 months, there is not much good news to report: the stock is down 32.40%, and it has underformed the S&P 500 Index. In addition, the company's earnings per share are lower today than the year-earlier 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.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Fuwei Films (Holdings Ratings Report

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At the close, China Xiniya Fashion ( XNY) was up $0.02 (2.8%) to $0.74 on light volume. Throughout the day, 9,900 shares of China Xiniya Fashion exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 41,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.70-$0.74 after having opened the day at $0.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.72.

China Xiniya Fashion Limited designs, manufactures, and sells men's business casual and business formal apparel and accessories to retail customers in the People's Republic of China. China Xiniya Fashion has a market cap of $41.3 million and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are down 45.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate China Xiniya Fashion a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates China Xiniya Fashion as a hold. 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 and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on XNY go as follows:

  • XNY 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 9.03, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • XNY, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 11.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 7.6%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 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 Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods industry. The net income has decreased by 20.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $5.35 million to $4.28 million.
  • 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. In comparison to the other companies in the Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods industry and the overall market, CHINA XINIYA FASHION LTD-ADR's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: China Xiniya Fashion Ratings Report

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CTI Industries ( CTIB) was another company that pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today. CTI Industries was up $0.32 (8.2%) to $4.24 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,273 shares of CTI Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.87-$4.24 after having opened the day at $3.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.92.

CTI Industries Corporation develops, manufactures, and supplies flexible film products for novelty, packaging and container, and custom product applications worldwide. CTI Industries has a market cap of $12.7 million and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are down 33.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate CTI Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CTI Industries as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CTIB go as follows:

  • The share price of CTI INDUSTRIES CORP has not done very well: it is down 23.31% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry.
  • 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 Household Durables industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 116.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.06 million to -$0.12 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.47 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. To add to this, CTIB has a quick ratio of 0.55, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$2.01 million or 231.14% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • The gross profit margin for CTI INDUSTRIES CORP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 27.02%. Regardless of CTIB's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -0.91% trails the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: CTI Industries Ratings Report

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