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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 60.59 points (-0.3%) at 17,824 as of Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,145 issues advancing vs. 1,963 declining with 115 unchanged.

The Consumer Non-Durables industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.3%. Top gainers within the Consumer Non-Durables industry included CTI Industries ( CTIB), up 5.6%, EveryWare Global ( EVRY), up 41.9%, United-Guardian ( UG), up 2.2%, Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), up 1.7% and Joe's Jeans ( JOEZ), up 10.7%.

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

United-Guardian ( UG) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today. United-Guardian was up $0.45 (2.2%) to $20.99 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,397 shares of United-Guardian exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $20.60-$20.99 after having opened the day at $20.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.54.

United-Guardian, Inc. researches, develops, manufactures, and markets cosmetic ingredients, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, medical and health care products, and specialty industrial products in the United States, Canada, China, France, and internationally. United-Guardian has a market cap of $97.2 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate United-Guardian a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates United-Guardian as a hold. 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 expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on UG go as follows:

  • UG 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 13.49, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 1576.00% to $0.42 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, UNITED-GUARDIAN INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 32.51%.
  • The gross profit margin for UNITED-GUARDIAN INC is rather high; currently it is at 50.08%. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, UG's net profit margin of 16.33% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • The share price of UNITED-GUARDIAN INC has not done very well: it is down 23.81% 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.
  • 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 Personal Products industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 67.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.28 million to $0.41 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: United-Guardian Ratings Report

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At the close, EveryWare Global ( EVRY) was up $0.39 (41.9%) to $1.32 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,250,685 shares of EveryWare Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 66,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.91-$1.75 after having opened the day at $0.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.93.

EveryWare Global has a market cap of $21.0 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 30.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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CTI Industries ( CTIB) was another company that pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today. CTI Industries was up $0.22 (5.6%) to $4.15 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,413 shares of CTI Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.99-$4.17 after having opened the day at $4.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.93.

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 $13.2 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 6.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate CTI Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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, unimpressive growth in net income 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 32.71%, 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 change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Household Durables industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has decreased by 11.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $0.24 million to $0.21 million.
  • 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.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: CTI Industries Ratings Report

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