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One out of the three major indices traded up today Two 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 up 13 points (0.1%) at 16,818 as of Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,318 issues advancing vs. 1,749 declining with 148 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector as a whole closed the day down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.2%. Top gainers within the Consumer Goods sector included China Shengda Packaging Group ( CPGI), up 2.0%, China Xiniya Fashion ( XNY), up 1.8%, Zuoan Fashion ( ZA), up 5.3%, Orient Paper ( ONP), up 1.6% and Sypris Solutions ( SYPR), up 5.6%.

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

Zuoan Fashion ( ZA) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today. Zuoan Fashion was up $0.05 (5.3%) to $1.00 on light volume. Throughout the day, 36,942 shares of Zuoan Fashion exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 51,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.95-$1.01 after having opened the day at $0.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.95.

Zuoan Fashion Limited designs, manufactures, distributes, and retails fashion casual menswear. Zuoan Fashion has a market cap of $26.4 million and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are down 44.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Zuoan Fashion a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Zuoan Fashion 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 ZA go as follows:

  • ZUOAN FASHION LTD -ADR has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from 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, ZUOAN FASHION LTD -ADR reported lower earnings of $1.03 versus $1.72 in the prior year.
  • 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 Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 103.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $11.16 million to -$0.36 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 Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods industry and the overall market, ZUOAN FASHION LTD -ADR's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for ZUOAN FASHION LTD -ADR is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 31.29%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -0.91% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$8.10 million or 168.50% 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: Zuoan Fashion Ratings Report

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At the close, China Xiniya Fashion ( XNY) was up $0.01 (1.8%) to $0.57 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,540 shares of China Xiniya Fashion exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 43,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.55-$0.57 after having opened the day at $0.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.56.

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 $32.3 million and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are down 57.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods industry average. 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 15.0%. 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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China Shengda Packaging Group ( CPGI) was another company that pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today. China Shengda Packaging Group was up $0.02 (2.0%) to $0.91 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 17,237 shares of China Shengda Packaging Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.78-$0.92 after having opened the day at $0.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.89.

China Shengda Packaging Group Inc., a paper packaging company, designs, manufactures, and sells flexo-printed and color-printed corrugated paper cartons of various sizes and strengths primarily in the People's Republic of China. China Shengda Packaging Group has a market cap of $34.9 million and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are up 5.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate China Shengda Packaging Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates China Shengda Packaging Group 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 good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CPGI go as follows:

  • CPGI's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 10.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 11.2%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • CPGI's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.23 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.25, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • CHINA SHENGDA PACKAGING GP reported significant earnings per share improvement 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, CHINA SHENGDA PACKAGING GP reported lower earnings of $0.06 versus $0.14 in the prior year.
  • CPGI has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 23.08% from its price level of one year ago. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry.
  • 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 Containers & Packaging industry and the overall market, CHINA SHENGDA PACKAGING GP'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: China Shengda Packaging Group Ratings Report

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