3 Stocks Moving The Consumer Goods Sector Upward

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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 80 points (0.5%) at 17,464 as of Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, 3:25 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,610 issues advancing vs. 1,406 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector as a whole closed the day up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.5%. Top gainers within the Consumer Goods sector included Crystal Rock Holdings ( CRVP), up 2.6%, Fuwei Films (Holdings ( FFHL), up 15.0%, BRASILAGRO - CIA Bras de Prop Agricolas ( LND), up 1.7%, Entertainment Gaming Asia ( EGT), up 14.9% and DS Healthcare Group ( DSKX), up 4.8%.

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

DS Healthcare Group ( DSKX) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today. DS Healthcare Group was up $0.04 (4.8%) to $0.94 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,113 shares of DS Healthcare Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 26,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.94-$0.97 after having opened the day at $0.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.90.

DS Healthcare Group has a market cap of $15.8 million and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 60.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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At the close, Entertainment Gaming Asia ( EGT) was up $0.07 (14.9%) to $0.54 on light volume. Throughout the day, 808 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 $0.49-$0.54 after having opened the day at $0.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.47.

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 automotive industry. Shares are down 57.3% 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.

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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. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 17.06%, ENTERTAINMENT GAMING ASIA is still significantly exceeding the industry average of -74.78%.
  • This stock's share value has moved by only 67.75% 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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Fuwei Films (Holdings ( FFHL) was another company that pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today. Fuwei Films (Holdings was up $0.14 (15.0%) to $1.05 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,500 shares of Fuwei Films (Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.89-$1.05 after having opened the day at $0.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.91.

Fuwei Films (Holdings) Co., Ltd., through its subsidiary, Fuwei Films (Shandong) Co., Ltd., develops, manufactures, and distributes plastic films using the biaxially- oriented stretch technique in the People's Republic of China. Fuwei Films (Holdings has a market cap of $11.9 million and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 18.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Fuwei Films (Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fuwei Films (Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on FFHL go as follows:

  • FUWEI FILMS HOLDINGS CO's earnings per share declined by 21.7% 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, FUWEI FILMS HOLDINGS CO reported poor results of -$0.74 versus -$0.66 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 Chemicals industry. The net income has decreased by 23.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$3.00 million to -$3.71 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 Chemicals industry and the overall market, FUWEI FILMS HOLDINGS CO's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for FUWEI FILMS HOLDINGS CO is currently extremely low, coming in at 3.71%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -32.84% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Reflecting the weaknesses we have cited, including the decline in the company's earnings per share, FFHL has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 18.49% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Fuwei Films (Holdings Ratings Report

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