3 Stocks Raising The Consumer Goods Sector Higher

All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 274.03 points (-1.6%) at 17,075 as of Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 673 issues advancing vs. 2,323 declining with 139 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector as a whole closed the day down 2.0% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.3%. Top gainers within the Consumer Goods sector included KBS Fashion Group ( KBSF), up 2.4%, Reliv' International ( RELV), up 7.3%, Sypris Solutions ( SYPR), up 8.1%, Northern Technologies International ( NTIC), up 3.0% and G Willi-Food International ( WILC), up 2.0%.

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

Northern Technologies International ( NTIC) is one of the companies that pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today. Northern Technologies International was up $0.46 (3.0%) to $15.75 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 10,250 shares of Northern Technologies International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $14.98-$16.23 after having opened the day at $15.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.29.

Northern Technologies International Corporation develops, markets, and sells rust and corrosion inhibiting products and services to the automotive, electronics, electrical, mechanical, military, retail consumer, and oil and gas markets. Northern Technologies International has a market cap of $70.1 million and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are down 28.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Northern Technologies International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Northern Technologies International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on NTIC go as follows:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 10.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 19.6%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • NTIC 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 3.62, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • NORTHERN TECH INTL' earnings per share from the most recent quarter came in slightly below the year earlier quarter. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, NORTHERN TECH INTL increased its bottom line by earning $0.89 versus $0.76 in the prior year.
  • The gross profit margin for NORTHERN TECH INTL is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 34.36%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 10.93% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.36 million or 112.08% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Northern Technologies International Ratings Report

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At the close, Sypris Solutions ( SYPR) was up $0.12 (8.1%) to $1.60 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 171,413 shares of Sypris Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 25,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.40-$1.89 after having opened the day at $1.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.48.

Sypris Solutions, Inc. offers outsourced services and specialty products in the United States, Mexico, Denmark, and the United Kingdom. Sypris Solutions has a market cap of $29.1 million and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are down 44.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Sypris Solutions a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Sypris Solutions as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SYPR go as follows:

  • 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 Auto Components industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 888.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.65 million to -$13.03 million.
  • 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 Auto Components industry and the overall market, SYPRIS SOLUTIONS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$5.32 million or 312.68% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 71.15%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 925.00% compared to the year-earlier 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.
  • SYPRIS SOLUTIONS INC 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. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SYPRIS SOLUTIONS INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.07 versus -$0.52 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 1614.3% in earnings (-$1.20 versus -$0.07).

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Sypris Solutions Ratings Report

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Reliv' International ( RELV) was another company that pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today. Reliv' International was up $0.07 (7.3%) to $1.03 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 22,065 shares of Reliv' International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.93-$1.06 after having opened the day at $1.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.96.

Reliv' International, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets nutritional supplements that promote basic nutrition, wellness needs, weight management, and sports nutrition. Reliv' International has a market cap of $12.7 million and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are down 17.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Reliv' International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Reliv' International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on RELV go as follows:

  • RELV's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 2.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.5%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • RELV's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.24 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.90 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Personal Products industry and the overall market, RELIV INTERNATIONAL INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • RELV has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 14.51% from its price level of one year ago. 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: Reliv' International Ratings Report

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