All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 57 points (0.3%) at 17,459 as of Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,426 issues advancing vs. 1,512 declining with 179 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.2%. Top gainers within the Consumer Goods sector included KBS Fashion Group ( KBSF), up 6.1%, Appliance Recycling Centers Of America ( ARCI), up 17.1%, Truett-Hurst ( THST), up 7.6%, Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), up 118.9% and Koss ( KOSS), up 3.6%.

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

Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today. Swisher Hygiene was up $0.71 (118.9%) to $1.30 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,675,980 shares of Swisher Hygiene exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 24,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.04-$1.80 after having opened the day at $1.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.59.

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 $11.1 million and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are down 68.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Swisher Hygiene a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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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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At the close, Truett-Hurst ( THST) was up $0.18 (7.6%) to $2.54 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 17,375 shares of Truett-Hurst exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.34-$2.54 after having opened the day at $2.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.36.

Truett-Hurst, Inc. produces, markets, and sells wines primarily in the United States. The company operates through Wholesale, Direct to Consumer, and Internet segments. Truett-Hurst has a market cap of $9.4 million and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are down 40.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Truett-Hurst a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Truett-Hurst as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on THST go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.30 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.31, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • 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 Beverages industry and the overall market, TRUETT-HURST INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • TRUETT-HURST INC's earnings per share declined by 16.7% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per share have declined over the last year. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, TRUETT-HURST INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.16 versus $0.08 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 50.0% in earnings (-$0.24 versus -$0.16).
  • 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 Beverages industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 41.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.18 million to -$0.26 million.
  • Looking at the price performance of THST's shares over the past 12 months, there is not much good news to report: the stock is down 55.05%, 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. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Truett-Hurst Ratings Report

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Appliance Recycling Centers Of America ( ARCI) was another company that pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today. Appliance Recycling Centers Of America was up $0.20 (17.1%) to $1.37 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 33,478 shares of Appliance Recycling Centers Of America exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.35-$1.56 after having opened the day at $1.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.17.

Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, sells and recycles new household appliances through a chain of company-owned retail stores under the ApplianceSmart name. The company operates in two segments, Recycling and Retail. Appliance Recycling Centers Of America has a market cap of $7.9 million and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are down 57.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Appliance Recycling Centers Of America a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Appliance Recycling Centers Of America as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ARCI go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.23 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. To add to this, ARCI has a quick ratio of 0.54, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 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 Specialty Retail industry and the overall market, APPLIANCE RECYCLING CTR AMER's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for APPLIANCE RECYCLING CTR AMER is rather low; currently it is at 22.51%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -6.17% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $1.07 million or 59.30% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • APPLIANCE RECYCLING CTR AMER has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, APPLIANCE RECYCLING CTR AMER reported lower earnings of $0.12 versus $0.57 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Appliance Recycling Centers Of America Ratings Report

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