3 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Durables Industry Lower

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The Consumer Durables industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.5%. Laggards within the Consumer Durables industry included EveryWare Global ( EVRY), down 3.5%, Gaming Partners International ( GPIC), down 2.6%, Acme United ( ACU), down 1.6%, Vapor ( VPCO), down 4.0% and Vuzix Corporation ( VUZI), down 3.3%.

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

Acme United ( ACU) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today. Acme United was down $0.30 (1.6%) to $19.00 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8,642 shares of Acme United exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $18.82-$19.35 after having opened the day at $19.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.30.

Acme United Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, supplies cutting, measuring, and first aid products to the school, home, office, hardware, sporting goods, and industrial markets in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Acme United has a market cap of $63.3 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 3.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Acme United a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Acme United 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, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and reasonable valuation levels. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ACU go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 3.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 15.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.61, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.42, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period. Although other factors naturally played a role, the company's strong earnings growth was key. 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.
  • ACME UNITED CORP has improved earnings per share by 26.7% 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, ACME UNITED CORP increased its bottom line by earning $1.36 versus $1.22 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.57 versus $1.36).

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

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At the close, Gaming Partners International ( GPIC) was down $0.22 (2.6%) to $8.30 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 32,912 shares of Gaming Partners International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $8.30-$8.68 after having opened the day at $8.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.52.

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 $67.3 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 1.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on GPIC go as follows:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 7.7%. 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.
  • 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. Along with this, the net profit margin of 13.66% is above that of the industry average.
  • 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 18.50%.
  • 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.

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

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EveryWare Global ( EVRY) was another company that pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today. EveryWare Global was down $0.04 (3.5%) to $0.99 on light volume. Throughout the day, 24,472 shares of EveryWare Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 86,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.98-$1.07 after having opened the day at $1.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.03.

EveryWare Global has a market cap of $25.0 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 54.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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