3 Consumer Non-Durables Stocks Pushing Industry Growth

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 25 points (0.1%) at 17,157 as of Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,585 issues advancing vs. 1,500 declining with 127 unchanged.

The Consumer Non-Durables industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.1%. Top gainers within the Consumer Non-Durables industry included Exceed ( EDS), up 3.1%, Standard Register ( SR), up 2.3%, CCA Industries ( CAW), up 3.8%, Delta Apparel ( DLA), up 2.6% and Xerium Technologies ( XRM), up 3.4%.

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

Delta Apparel ( DLA) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today. Delta Apparel was up $0.23 (2.6%) to $8.97 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6,346 shares of Delta Apparel exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 20,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $8.84-$9.20 after having opened the day at $8.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.74.

Delta Apparel has a market cap of $71.0 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 46.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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At the close, Standard Register ( SR) was up $0.12 (2.3%) to $5.26 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10,385 shares of Standard Register exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.20-$5.36 after having opened the day at $5.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.14.

Standard Register has a market cap of $45.1 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 25.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Exceed ( EDS) was another company that pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today. Exceed was up $0.05 (3.1%) to $1.65 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 29,149 shares of Exceed exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.58-$1.66 after having opened the day at $1.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.60.

Exceed Company Ltd. is engaged in the design, development, and wholesale of footwear, apparel, and accessories under the brand name of Xidelong in the People's Republic of China. Exceed has a market cap of $55.2 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Exceed a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exceed 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 attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on EDS go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 11.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 33.7%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • EDS's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.03 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 12.21, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • The gross profit margin for EXCEED CO LTD is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 27.28%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 4.36% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$13.97 million or 293.04% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

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

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