3 Consumer Non-Durables Stocks Moving The Industry Upward

All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 212.33 points (-1.2%) at 17,403 as of Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,158 issues advancing vs. 1,944 declining with 104 unchanged.

The Consumer Non-Durables industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.0%. Top gainers within the Consumer Non-Durables industry included Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), up 9.1%, Forward Industries ( FORD), up 161.3%, STR Holdings ( STRI), up 2.3%, United-Guardian ( UG), up 4.2% and CryoPort ( CYRX), up 8.1%.

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 $0.79 (4.2%) to $19.63 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 7,241 shares of United-Guardian exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $18.80-$19.63 after having opened the day at $19.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.84.

United-Guardian, Inc. researches, develops, manufactures, and markets cosmetic ingredients, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, medical lubricants, health care products, and specialty industrial products in the United States, Canada, China, the United Kingdom, France, and internationally. United-Guardian has a market cap of $87.4 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 5.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 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 its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on UG go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 1.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 10.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • 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 9.11, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Personal Products industry average. The net income increased by 9.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $1.34 million to $1.46 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 102.91% to $1.81 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 -5.13%.
  • The gross profit margin for UNITED-GUARDIAN INC is rather high; currently it is at 62.58%. Regardless of UG's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, UG's net profit margin of 33.41% significantly outperformed against the industry.

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

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At the close, STR Holdings ( STRI) was up $0.02 (2.3%) to $0.88 on average volume. Throughout the day, 56,542 shares of STR Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 38,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.87-$0.96 after having opened the day at $0.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.86.

STR Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a plastic and industrial materials research and development company worldwide. STR Holdings has a market cap of $15.9 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 79.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on STRI 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 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.
  • The gross profit margin for STR HOLDINGS INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 5.01%. Regardless of STRI's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, STRI's net profit margin of -37.97% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • 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 79.95%, 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.
  • STRI, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 10.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 26.5%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • STR HOLDINGS INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, STR HOLDINGS INC reported poor results of -$2.25 versus -$1.32 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.37 versus -$2.25).

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

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Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH) was another company that pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today. Swisher Hygiene was up $0.05 (9.1%) to $0.63 on average volume. Throughout the day, 32,619 shares of Swisher Hygiene exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 24,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.60-$0.65 after having opened the day at $0.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.58.

Swisher Hygiene Inc. provides hygiene and sanitizing solutions. It solutions include cleaning and sanitizing chemicals and restroom hygiene programs, as well as a range of related products and services. Swisher Hygiene has a market cap of $9.7 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 69.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Swisher Hygiene a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Swisher Hygiene as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SWSH go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$5.94 million or 370.15% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • SWSH'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 86.08%, 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 Commercial Services & Supplies industry and the overall market, SWISHER HYGIENE INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for SWISHER HYGIENE INC is rather high; currently it is at 54.47%. Regardless of SWSH's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, SWSH's net profit margin of -20.14% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • SWSH, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 5.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 9.2%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Swisher Hygiene Ratings Report

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