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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 1 points (0.0%) at 17,689 as of Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, 3:25 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,199 issues advancing vs. 1,792 declining with 180 unchanged.

The Consumer Non-Durables industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.3%. Top gainers within the Consumer Non-Durables industry included China Shengda Packaging Group ( CPGI), up 4.1%, CCA Industries ( CAW), up 1.8%, Tandy Leather Factory ( TLF), up 3.9%, Northern Technologies International ( NTIC), up 2.2% and Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), up 2.8%.

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

Northern Technologies International ( NTIC) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today. Northern Technologies International was up $0.46 (2.2%) to $21.46 on light volume. Throughout the day, 100 shares of Northern Technologies International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $21.46-$21.46 after having opened the day at $21.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.00.

Northern Technologies International Corporation develops, markets, and sells rust and corrosion inhibiting products and services under the ZERUST brand name to the automotive, electronics, electrical, mechanical, military, retail consumer, and oil and gas markets. Northern Technologies International has a market cap of $94.4 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 12.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Northern Technologies International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Northern Technologies International as a buy. 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, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on NTIC go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 9.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 21.2%. 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.
  • NTIC 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 3.39, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period, despite the company's weak earnings results. 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.
  • NORTHERN TECH INTL's earnings per share declined by 25.0% 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, NORTHERN TECH INTL increased its bottom line by earning $0.89 versus $0.76 in the prior year.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. In comparison to the other companies in the Chemicals industry and the overall market, NORTHERN TECH INTL'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: Northern Technologies International Ratings Report

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At the close, Tandy Leather Factory ( TLF) was up $0.35 (3.9%) to $9.39 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 11,712 shares of Tandy Leather Factory exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $8.91-$9.47 after having opened the day at $9.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.04.

Tandy Leather Factory, Inc. is engaged in the retail and wholesale distribution of leather and related products. It operates through three segments: Wholesale Leathercraft, Retail Leathercraft, and International Leathercraft. Tandy Leather Factory has a market cap of $94.8 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 7.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Tandy Leather Factory a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Tandy Leather Factory as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on TLF go as follows:

  • TLF's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 1.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.8%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The stock has risen over the past year as investors have generally rewarded the company for its earnings growth and other positive factors like the ones we have cited in this report. 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.
  • TANDY LEATHER FACTORY INC has improved earnings per share by 6.7% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, TANDY LEATHER FACTORY INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.71 versus $0.55 in the prior year.
  • TLF's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.18 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.40 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Tandy Leather Factory Ratings Report

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China Shengda Packaging Group ( CPGI) was another company that pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today. China Shengda Packaging Group was up $0.04 (4.1%) to $0.96 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 13,408 shares of China Shengda Packaging Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.88-$0.98 after having opened the day at $0.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.92.

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 $33.2 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 0.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 reasonable valuation levels. 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 9.8%. 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's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 34.19%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Despite the heavy decline in its share price, this stock is still more expensive (when compared to its current earnings) than most other companies 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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