3 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Lower

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The Consumer Goods sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.1%. Laggards within the Consumer Goods sector included China Xiniya Fashion ( XNY), down 14.9%, Natuzzi SPA ( NTZ), down 2.5%, Fuwei Films (Holdings ( FFHL), down 1.7%, SkyPeople Fruit Juice ( SPU), down 7.8% and Willamette Valley Vineyards ( WVVI), down 2.4%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the sector lower today:

Fuwei Films (Holdings ( FFHL) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today. Fuwei Films (Holdings was down $0.02 (1.7%) to $1.18 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,180 shares of Fuwei Films (Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 29,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.17-$1.22 after having opened the day at $1.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.20.

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 $16.1 million and is part of the wholesale industry. Shares are up 7.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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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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