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One out of the three major indices traded up today The three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 24.50 points (-0.2%) at 16,117 as of Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,202 issues advancing vs. 904 declining with 116 unchanged.

The Consumer Durables industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which was unchanged. Top gainers within the Consumer Durables industry included Entertainment Gaming Asia ( EGT), up 5.5%, Koss ( KOSS), up 2.8%, Gaming Partners International ( GPIC), up 2.8%, Kewaunee Scientific ( KEQU), up 5.6% and Acme United ( ACU), up 3.0%.

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

Kewaunee Scientific ( KEQU) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Durables industry higher today. Kewaunee Scientific was up $0.95 (5.6%) to $17.98 on light volume. Throughout the day, 300 shares of Kewaunee Scientific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $17.27-$17.98 after having opened the day at $17.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.03.

Kewaunee Scientific Corporation designs, manufactures, and installs laboratory, healthcare, and technical furniture products. The company operates through two segments, Domestic Operations and International Operations. Kewaunee Scientific has a market cap of $46.3 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 12.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Kewaunee Scientific a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Kewaunee Scientific as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on KEQU go as follows:

  • KEQU's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.28 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, KEQU has a quick ratio of 1.68, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity 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. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • KEWAUNEE SCIENTIFIC CORP's earnings per share declined by 22.9% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. 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, KEWAUNEE SCIENTIFIC CORP increased its bottom line by earning $1.48 versus $1.17 in the prior year.
  • KEQU, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 8.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 4.6%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

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

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At the close, Gaming Partners International ( GPIC) was up $0.23 (2.8%) to $8.40 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,897 shares of Gaming Partners International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $8.15-$8.40 after having opened the day at $8.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.17.

Gaming Partners International Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and supplies casino table game equipment to licensed casinos worldwide. Gaming Partners International has a market cap of $65.7 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 1.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Gaming Partners International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Gaming Partners International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, 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 GPIC go as follows:

  • GPIC's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.22 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, GPIC has a quick ratio of 2.05, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 131.33% to $1.08 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, GAMING PARTNERS INTL CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -8.39%.
  • GPIC, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 6.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 27.8%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 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, GAMING PARTNERS INTL CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for GAMING PARTNERS INTL CORP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 32.58%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -11.29% is significantly below that of the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Gaming Partners International 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 $0.03 (5.5%) to $0.58 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,273 shares of Entertainment Gaming Asia exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 37,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.50-$0.58 after having opened the day at $0.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.55.

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 $16.0 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 57.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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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