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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 173.45 points (-1.1%) at 16,142 as of Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,470 issues advancing vs. 1,677 declining with 92 unchanged.

The Consumer Durables industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.8%. Top gainers within the Consumer Durables industry included Entertainment Gaming Asia ( EGT), up 3.8%, Koss ( KOSS), up 6.5%, Ballantyne Strong ( BTN), up 1.8%, Lifetime Brands ( LCUT), up 3.4% and Energy Focus ( EFOI), up 5.3%.

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

Lifetime Brands ( LCUT) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Durables industry higher today. Lifetime Brands was up $0.55 (3.4%) to $16.81 on average volume. Throughout the day, 24,307 shares of Lifetime Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 31,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $15.46-$16.90 after having opened the day at $16.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.26.

Lifetime Brands, Inc. designs, sources, and sells branded kitchenware, tableware, and other products used in the home in the United States. It operates through two segments, Wholesale and Retail Direct. Lifetime Brands has a market cap of $209.6 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 3.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Lifetime Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Lifetime Brands 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 expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LCUT go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 5.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 18.9%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.79, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.13, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • 38.65% is the gross profit margin for LIFETIME BRANDS INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of LCUT's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -2.77% trails the industry average.
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Household Durables industry and the overall market, LIFETIME BRANDS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$8.34 million or 455.97% 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: Lifetime Brands Ratings Report

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At the close, Ballantyne Strong ( BTN) was up $0.07 (1.8%) to $3.90 on light volume. Throughout the day, 20,382 shares of Ballantyne Strong exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 48,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.84-$3.93 after having opened the day at $3.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.83.

Ballantyne Strong, Inc. designs, integrates, and installs technology solutions for retail, financial, government, and cinema markets worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Systems Integration and Managed Services. Ballantyne Strong has a market cap of $54.5 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 17.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Ballantyne Strong a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Ballantyne Strong as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, 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 BTN go as follows:

  • BTN 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 2.63, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • BTN, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 9.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 9.7%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The share price of BALLANTYNE STRONG INC has not done very well: it is down 13.60% 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. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • 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 Media industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 70.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.28 million to $0.38 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. Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, BALLANTYNE STRONG INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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

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Entertainment Gaming Asia ( EGT) was another company that pushed the Consumer Durables industry higher today. Entertainment Gaming Asia was up $0.02 (3.8%) to $0.55 on light volume. Throughout the day, 13,815 shares of Entertainment Gaming Asia exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 37,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.51-$0.58 after having opened the day at $0.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.53.

Entertainment Gaming Asia Inc., a gaming company, owns and leases electronic gaming machines (EGMs) in resorts, hotels, and other venues in Cambodia and the Philippines. It operates in two segments, Gaming Operations and Gaming Products. Entertainment Gaming Asia has a market cap of $16.9 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 54.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Entertainment Gaming Asia a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Entertainment Gaming Asia as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on EGT go as follows:

  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry and the overall market, ENTERTAINMENT GAMING ASIA's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $1.82 million or 17.06% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, ENTERTAINMENT GAMING ASIA has marginally lower results.
  • This stock's share value has moved by only 54.92% over the past year. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • ENTERTAINMENT GAMING ASIA has shown improvement in its earnings for its most recently reported quarter when compared with the same quarter a year earlier. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ENTERTAINMENT GAMING ASIA swung to a loss, reporting -$0.15 versus $0.07 in the prior year.
  • The gross profit margin for ENTERTAINMENT GAMING ASIA is rather high; currently it is at 67.48%. Regardless of EGT's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, EGT's net profit margin of -0.44% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Entertainment Gaming Asia Ratings Report

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