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The Consumer Durables industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.8%. Laggards within the Consumer Durables industry included Koss ( KOSS), down 2.0%, Appliance Recycling Centers Of America ( ARCI), down 1.6%, EveryWare Global ( EVRY), down 2.5%, Virco Manufacturing ( VIRC), down 2.0% and SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 2.2%.

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

Virco Manufacturing ( VIRC) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today. Virco Manufacturing was down $0.05 (2.0%) to $2.44 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,800 shares of Virco Manufacturing exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 28,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.44-$2.47 after having opened the day at $2.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.49.

Virco Mfg. Corporation is engaged in the design, production, and distribution of furniture for the commercial and education markets in the United States. Virco Manufacturing has a market cap of $36.7 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 2.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Virco Manufacturing a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Virco Manufacturing as a sell. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on VIRC go as follows:

  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Commercial Services & Supplies industry and the overall market, VIRCO MFG. CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 35.41% is the gross profit margin for VIRCO MFG. CORP which we consider to be strong. Regardless of VIRC's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, VIRC's net profit margin of 7.39% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • VIRC'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. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.71 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • 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, we do not believe this stock offers ample reward opportunity to compensate for the risks, despite the fact that it rose over the past year.
  • VIRCO MFG. CORP has improved earnings per share by 34.8% 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. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, VIRCO MFG. CORP continued to lose money by earning -$0.13 versus -$0.27 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.02 versus -$0.13).

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Virco Manufacturing Ratings Report

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At the close, EveryWare Global ( EVRY) was down $0.02 (2.5%) to $0.72 on light volume. Throughout the day, 38,532 shares of EveryWare Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 86,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.69-$0.76 after having opened the day at $0.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.74.

EveryWare Global has a market cap of $15.5 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 1.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Appliance Recycling Centers Of America ( ARCI) was another company that pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today. Appliance Recycling Centers Of America was down $0.05 (1.6%) to $2.98 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 38,324 shares of Appliance Recycling Centers Of America exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.95-$3.03 after having opened the day at $3.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.03.

Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, sells new household appliances through a chain of company-owned retail stores under the ApplianceSmart name. The company operates in two segments, Recycling and Retail. Appliance Recycling Centers Of America has a market cap of $17.5 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 10.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Appliance Recycling Centers Of America as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ARCI go as follows:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 9.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.3%. 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 0.81, 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 0.75 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • The gross profit margin for APPLIANCE RECYCLING CTR AMER is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 26.86%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.65% trails that of the industry average.
  • 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 Specialty Retail industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 51.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.13 million to $0.56 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Appliance Recycling Centers Of America Ratings Report

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