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The Consumer Durables industry as a whole closed the day down 1.7% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.9%. Laggards within the Consumer Durables industry included Appliance Recycling Centers Of America ( ARCI), down 2.4%, Stanley Furniture ( STLY), down 2.3%, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 5.4%, Marine Products ( MPX), down 7.7% and Nova Lifestyle ( NVFY), down 6.6%.

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

Marine Products ( MPX) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today. Marine Products was down $0.63 (7.7%) to $7.60 on light volume. Throughout the day, 11,359 shares of Marine Products exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $7.56-$8.21 after having opened the day at $8.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.23.

Marine Products Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells recreational fiberglass powerboats in the sportboat, deckboat, cruiser, sport yacht, and sport fishing markets worldwide. Marine Products has a market cap of $314.1 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Marine Products a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Marine Products as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on MPX go as follows:

  • MPX 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 the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.30, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $4.20 million or 3.68% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, MARINE PRODUCTS CORP's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 14.30%.
  • MARINE PRODUCTS CORP reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. Stable earnings per share over the past two years indicate the company has sound management over its earnings and share float. We anticipate the company beginning to experience more growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, MARINE PRODUCTS CORP's EPS of $0.19 remained unchanged from the prior years' EPS of $0.19. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.26 versus $0.19).
  • MPX, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 5.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 9.7%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to not be hurting the bottom line, shown by stable earnings per share.
  • 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 Leisure Equipment & Products industry and the overall market, MARINE PRODUCTS CORP'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: Marine Products Ratings Report

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At the close, Stanley Furniture ( STLY) was down $0.07 (2.3%) to $3.01 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 42,746 shares of Stanley Furniture exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 22,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.89-$3.07 after having opened the day at $3.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.08.

Stanley Furniture Company, Inc. designs, manufactures, and imports wood furniture for the residential market in the United States. Stanley Furniture has a market cap of $44.7 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 12.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Stanley Furniture a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on STLY go as follows:

  • STANLEY FURNITURE CO INC 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. Earnings per share have declined over the last year. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, STANLEY FURNITURE CO INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.57 versus $2.09 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 224.6% in earnings (-$1.85 versus -$0.57).
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Household Durables industry and the overall market, STANLEY FURNITURE CO INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for STANLEY FURNITURE CO INC is rather low; currently it is at 20.94%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -16.25% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • The share price of STANLEY FURNITURE CO INC has not done very well: it is down 25.00% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. 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.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 10.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 5.0%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Stanley Furniture Ratings Report

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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 $0.07 (2.4%) to $2.80 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 257,506 shares of Appliance Recycling Centers Of America exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.80-$2.91 after having opened the day at $2.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.87.

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 $16.8 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 4.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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 and poor profit margins.

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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 9.9%. 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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