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The Consumer Non-Durables industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.5%. Laggards within the Consumer Non-Durables industry included Fuwei Films (Holdings ( FFHL), down 14.3%, Forward Industries ( FORD), down 4.0%, Ever-Glory International Group ( EVK), down 3.5%, EveryWare Global ( EVRY), down 3.4% and STR Holdings ( STRI), down 5.6%.

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

STR Holdings ( STRI) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry lower today. STR Holdings was down $0.03 (5.6%) to $0.51 on average volume. Throughout the day, 128,467 shares of STR Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 118,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.51-$0.54 after having opened the day at $0.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.54.

STR Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, and sells encapsulants for solar module manufacturers worldwide. Its encapsulants protect the embedded semiconductor circuits of solar panels. STR Holdings has a market cap of $15.1 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 60.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates STR Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates STR Holdings as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on STRI go as follows:

  • STRI'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 61.32%, 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 company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry and the overall market, STR HOLDINGS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to -$5.22 million or 46.95% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, STR HOLDINGS INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -81.59%.
  • STRI 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 2.92, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • STR HOLDINGS INC has improved earnings per share by 14.3% 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. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, STR HOLDINGS INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.44 versus -$5.12 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.41 versus -$0.44).

You can view the full analysis from the report here: STR Holdings Ratings Report

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At the close, EveryWare Global ( EVRY) was down $0.02 (3.4%) to $0.70 on light volume. Throughout the day, 18,400 shares of EveryWare Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 75,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.68-$0.75 after having opened the day at $0.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.72.

EveryWare Global has a market cap of $15.7 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 0.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Fuwei Films (Holdings ( FFHL) was another company that pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry 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 goods sector. 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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