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The Consumer Goods sector as a whole closed the day up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.7%. Laggards within the Consumer Goods sector included Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings ( LTRPB), down 3.9%, Crystal Rock Holdings ( CRVP), down 4.9%, BRASILAGRO - CIA Bras de Prop Agricolas ( LND), down 2.7%, Entertainment Gaming Asia ( EGT), down 15.1% and Natuzzi SPA ( NTZ), down 3.1%.

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

Boulder Brands ( BDBD) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today. Boulder Brands was down $0.63 (6.5%) to $8.99 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5,362,231 shares of Boulder Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 574,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $8.73-$9.54 after having opened the day at $9.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.62.

Boulder Brands Inc. provides health and wellness food solutions in the United States and Canada. The company operates in two segments, Natural and Smart Balance. Boulder Brands has a market cap of $776.6 million and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are down 39.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Boulder Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Boulder Brands as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust 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 a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on BDBD go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 0.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 18.7%. 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 0.80, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.79 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and greatly underperformed compared to the Food Products industry average. The net income has decreased by 10.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $3.10 million to $2.79 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 Food Products industry and the overall market, BOULDER BRANDS 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: Boulder Brands Ratings Report

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At the close, Natuzzi SPA ( NTZ) was down $0.06 (3.1%) to $1.85 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9,600 shares of Natuzzi SPA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.85-$1.92 after having opened the day at $1.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.91.

Natuzzi S.p.A. designs, manufactures, and markets leather and fabric upholstered furniture worldwide. Natuzzi SPA has a market cap of $101.5 million and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are down 26.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Natuzzi SPA as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on NTZ go as follows:

  • NATUZZI SPA's earnings per share declined by 8.8% 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, NATUZZI SPA reported poor results of -$1.71 versus -$0.63 in the prior year.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and greatly underperformed compared to the Household Durables industry average. The net income has decreased by 7.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$18.59 million to -$20.04 million.
  • 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 Household Durables industry and the overall market, NATUZZI SPA's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for NATUZZI SPA is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 27.58%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -13.06% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$5.04 million or 843.06% 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: Natuzzi SPA Ratings Report

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Entertainment Gaming Asia ( EGT) was another company that pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today. Entertainment Gaming Asia was down $0.08 (15.1%) to $0.45 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 86,612 shares of Entertainment Gaming Asia exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 36,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.40-$0.54 after having opened the day at $0.54 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 $15.4 million and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are down 57.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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.

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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. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 17.06%, ENTERTAINMENT GAMING ASIA is in line with the industry average cash flow growth rate of -23.09%.
  • This stock's share value has moved by only 57.04% 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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