Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 39 points (0.2%) at 17,554 as of Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,967 issues advancing vs. 1,121 declining with 130 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.5%. Top gainers within the Consumer Goods sector included Natuzzi SPA ( NTZ), up 3.4%, China Shengda Packaging Group ( CPGI), up 4.4%, Bridgford Foods ( BRID), up 4.4%, CTI Industries ( CTIB), up 4.6% and Forward Industries ( FORD), up 13.0%.

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

CTI Industries ( CTIB) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today. CTI Industries was up $0.17 (4.6%) to $3.87 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,323 shares of CTI Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.70-$4.00 after having opened the day at $3.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.70.

CTI Industries Corporation develops, manufactures, and supplies flexible film products for novelty, packaging and container, and custom product applications worldwide. CTI Industries has a market cap of $12.3 million and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are down 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate CTI Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

TheStreet Ratings rates CTI Industries as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, generally high debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CTIB go as follows:

  • Looking at the price performance of CTIB's shares over the past 12 months, there is not much good news to report: the stock is down 33.06%, and it has underformed the S&P 500 Index. In addition, the company's earnings per share are lower today than the year-earlier quarter. Although its share price is down sharply from a year ago, do not assume that it can now be tagged as cheap and attractive. The reality is that, based on its current price in relation to its earnings, CTIB is still more expensive than most of the other companies in its industry.
  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.74 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. To add to this, CTIB has a quick ratio of 0.53, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$2.86 million or 124.56% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • The gross profit margin for CTI INDUSTRIES CORP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 29.28%. Regardless of CTIB's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 1.42% trails the industry average.
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Household Durables industry and the overall market, CTI INDUSTRIES CORP'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: CTI Industries Ratings Report

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

At the close, China Shengda Packaging Group ( CPGI) was up $0.04 (4.4%) to $0.95 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,100 shares of China Shengda Packaging Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.93-$1.00 after having opened the day at $0.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.91.

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 $40.0 million and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are down 2.0% 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.

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

TheStreet Ratings rates China Shengda Packaging Group as a hold. 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 and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself 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 9.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 18.4%. 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 1.24, 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 13.34% 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.
  • 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

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

Natuzzi SPA ( NTZ) was another company that pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today. Natuzzi SPA was up $0.05 (3.4%) to $1.60 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,474 shares of Natuzzi SPA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.55-$1.61 after having opened the day at $1.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.55.

Natuzzi S.p.A. designs, manufactures, and markets leather and fabric upholstered furniture worldwide. Natuzzi SPA has a market cap of $78.4 million and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are down 0.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Natuzzi SPA a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Natuzzi SPA as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on NTZ 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 Household Durables industry and the overall market, NATUZZI SPA's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for NATUZZI SPA is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 30.78%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -7.81% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$28.70 million or 586.21% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • NTZ'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 47.93%, 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. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • NATUZZI SPA 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, NATUZZI SPA reported poor results of -$1.71 versus -$0.63 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Natuzzi SPA Ratings Report

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.