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The Consumer Goods sector as a whole closed the day down 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.5%. Laggards within the Consumer Goods sector included Crystal Rock Holdings ( CRVP), down 2.7%, Fuwei Films (Holdings ( FFHL), down 14.3%, Bridgford Foods ( BRID), down 5.4%, Entertainment Gaming Asia ( EGT), down 6.8% and BRASILAGRO - CIA Bras de Prop Agricolas ( LND), down 4.7%.

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

Sealed Air ( SEE) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today. Sealed Air was down $3.01 (7.0%) to $40.04 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5,649,119 shares of Sealed Air exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,422,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $39.88-$43.11 after having opened the day at $43.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.05.

Sealed Air Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides food safety and security, facility hygiene, and product protection solutions worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Food Care, Diversey Care, and Product Care. Sealed Air has a market cap of $8.9 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 1.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Sealed Air a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Sealed Air as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SEE go as follows:

  • SEALED AIR CORP reported significant earnings per share improvement 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 year. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, SEALED AIR CORP turned its bottom line around by earning $0.44 versus -$8.39 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.75 versus $0.44).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Containers & Packaging industry. The net income increased by 57.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $37.60 million to $59.20 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 9.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.3%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $280.60 million or 30.02% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 14.65%.
  • 36.96% is the gross profit margin for SEALED AIR CORP which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 2.99% trails the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Sealed Air Ratings Report

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At the close, Entertainment Gaming Asia ( EGT) was down $0.03 (6.8%) to $0.41 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 62,267 shares of Entertainment Gaming Asia exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 25,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.35-$0.43 after having opened the day at $0.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.44.

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 $13.2 million and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 17.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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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 feeble growth in its earnings per share, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on EGT go as follows:

  • ENTERTAINMENT GAMING ASIA's earnings have gone downhill when comparing its most recently reported quarter with the same quarter a year earlier. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, ENTERTAINMENT GAMING ASIA swung to a loss, reporting -$0.14 versus $0.07 in the prior year.
  • 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 significantly decreased to $0.07 million or 94.25% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • This stock's share value has moved by only 59.84% 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.
  • EGT, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 9.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 19.1%. 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: Entertainment Gaming Asia Ratings Report

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Fuwei Films (Holdings ( FFHL) was another company that pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today. Fuwei Films (Holdings was down $0.10 (14.3%) to $0.60 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,000 shares of Fuwei Films (Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.60-$0.68 after having opened the day at $0.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.70.

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 $8.0 million and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 5.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on FFHL go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1.87 million or 247.32% 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 FUWEI FILMS HOLDINGS CO is currently extremely low, coming in at 12.97%. Despite the low profit margin, it has increased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, FFHL's net profit margin of -25.64% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • FFHL'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 53.49%, 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.
  • 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 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.
  • FUWEI FILMS HOLDINGS CO has improved earnings per share by 24.1% 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, FUWEI FILMS HOLDINGS CO reported poor results of -$0.74 versus -$0.66 in the prior year.

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

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