At the close, CTI Industries ( CTIB) was up $0.11 (2.7%) to $4.21 on light volume. Throughout the day, 640 shares of CTI Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.81-$4.21 after having opened the day at $4.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.10.

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 $14.0 million and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are down 27.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate CTI Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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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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