3 Stocks Moving The Consumer Non-Durables Industry Upward

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 167 points (1.0%) at 17,113 as of Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,244 issues advancing vs. 828 declining with 137 unchanged.

The Consumer Non-Durables industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.9%. Top gainers within the Consumer Non-Durables industry included Exceed ( EDS), up 3.8%, China Xiniya Fashion ( XNY), up 5.3%, Ocean Bio-Chem ( OBCI), up 3.9%, Delta Apparel ( DLA), up 3.3% and Nutraceutical International ( NUTR), up 3.8%.

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 $0.28 (3.3%) to $8.80 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,941 shares of Delta Apparel exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 20,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $8.50-$8.97 after having opened the day at $8.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.52.

Delta Apparel has a market cap of $70.9 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 49.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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At the close, China Xiniya Fashion ( XNY) was up $0.03 (5.3%) to $0.68 on light volume. Throughout the day, 13,022 shares of China Xiniya Fashion exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 50,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.64-$0.69 after having opened the day at $0.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.64.

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 $37.2 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 50.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 increase in net income, 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 a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on XNY go as follows:

  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods industry. The net income increased by 41.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $1.53 million to $2.16 million.
  • 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 8.98, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • XNY, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 11.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 11.3%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for CHINA XINIYA FASHION LTD-ADR is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 27.77%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 6.62% trails that of the industry average.
  • 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. 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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Exceed ( EDS) was another company that pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today. Exceed was up $0.06 (3.8%) to $1.66 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 69,748 shares of Exceed exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.58-$1.66 after having opened the day at $1.59 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 $53.0 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 11.8%. 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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