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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 196 points (1.1%) at 17,361 as of Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,282 issues advancing vs. 826 declining with 107 unchanged.

The Consumer Durables industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.3%. Top gainers within the Consumer Durables industry included Natuzzi SPA ( NTZ), up 3.5%, EveryWare Global ( EVRY), up 7.7%, Gaming Partners International ( GPIC), up 5.0%, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), up 1.9% and Escalade ( ESCA), up 5.6%.

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

Gaming Partners International ( GPIC) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Durables industry higher today. Gaming Partners International was up $0.41 (5.0%) to $8.70 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 102,856 shares of Gaming Partners International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $8.10-$8.95 after having opened the day at $8.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.29.

Gaming Partners International Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and supplies casino table game equipment to licensed casinos worldwide. Gaming Partners International has a market cap of $65.7 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 3.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Gaming Partners International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Gaming Partners International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on GPIC go as follows:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 10.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 49.8%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • GPIC's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.21 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 1.03, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry. The net income increased by 3195.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.08 million to $2.77 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 161.66% to $0.34 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, GAMING PARTNERS INTL CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -31.28%.
  • 37.70% is the gross profit margin for GAMING PARTNERS INTL 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 13.66% trails the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Gaming Partners International Ratings Report

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At the close, EveryWare Global ( EVRY) was up $0.06 (7.7%) to $0.84 on light volume. Throughout the day, 26,606 shares of EveryWare Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 70,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.78-$0.85 after having opened the day at $0.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.78.

EveryWare Global has a market cap of $16.4 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 6.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Natuzzi SPA ( NTZ) was another company that pushed the Consumer Durables industry higher today. Natuzzi SPA was up $0.06 (3.5%) to $1.78 on light volume. Throughout the day, 350 shares of Natuzzi SPA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.76-$1.79 after having opened the day at $1.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.72.

Natuzzi S.p.A. designs, manufactures, and markets leather and fabric upholstered furniture worldwide. Natuzzi SPA has a market cap of $96.0 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 11.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 31.91%, 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

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