3 Consumer Non-Durables Stocks Driving The Industry Higher

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 110 points (0.6%) at 17,972 as of Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,425 issues advancing vs. 677 declining with 121 unchanged.

The Consumer Non-Durables industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.0%. Top gainers within the Consumer Non-Durables industry included Ever-Glory International Group ( EVK), up 4.1%, Standard Register ( SR), up 8.3%, EveryWare Global ( EVRY), up 4.4%, Ocean Bio-Chem ( OBCI), up 3.4% and Core Molding Technologies ( CMT), up 2.0%.

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

Core Molding Technologies ( CMT) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today. Core Molding Technologies was up $0.29 (2.0%) to $14.69 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,774 shares of Core Molding Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $14.40-$14.69 after having opened the day at $14.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.40.

Core Molding Technologies, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures sheet molding compounds (SMC) and molds of fiberglass reinforced plastics. Core Molding Technologies has a market cap of $110.5 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 2.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Core Molding Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Core Molding Technologies as a buy. 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, increase in stock price during the past year, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CMT go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 6.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 16.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • CMT's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.12 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 1.20, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • The stock has risen over the past year as investors have generally rewarded the company for its earnings growth and other positive factors like the ones we have cited in this report. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Chemicals industry average. The net income increased by 23.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $1.96 million to $2.43 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Core Molding Technologies Ratings Report

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At the close, EveryWare Global ( EVRY) was up $0.04 (4.4%) to $1.04 on light volume. Throughout the day, 25,270 shares of EveryWare Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 106,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.98-$1.05 after having opened the day at $1.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.00.

EveryWare Global has a market cap of $23.9 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 37.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Standard Register ( SR) was another company that pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today. Standard Register was up $0.09 (8.3%) to $1.17 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 224,538 shares of Standard Register exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 45,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.15-$1.30 after having opened the day at $1.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.08.

Standard Register has a market cap of $6.9 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 66.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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