Consumer Staples-Small Companies Index

Monday, September 18, 2017: The share price index of the Consumer Staples-Small Companies Index has declined by 20% relative to the Otos Total Market index since the December, 2016 high. Current relative price to sales is near the lowest level in the record of the Index.

Last week the share price index of the Consumer Staples-Small Companies Index advanced by 1.4% compared to a 4.1% advance for the Otos Total Market Index. Gaining stocks in the Consumer Staples-Small Companies Index numbered 15 or 88.2% of the Index total compared to a 36.0% gaining stocks frequency across the 3979 stocks in the Otos U.S. stocks universe.

There are 6 stocks in this Index with unusually depressed share prices. There are no current buy decisions in that group. Last week there were no depressed-share-price buy ideas in this Index.

We have collected second quarter sales data for all of the comparable record companies in the Consumer Staples-Small Companies Index.The Index capital weighted average sales growth rate is -1.0%. The proportion of Index market capital accounted for by rising sales growth companies is up to 42.5%, compared to 38.2% last quarter.

Currently, sales growth is low in the record of the Consumer Staples-Small Companies Index but higher than last quarter.

The proportion of total market capital accounted for by rising gross profit margin companies is up to 70.0% compared to 64.9% last quarter.

The Index is recording a falling gross margin. Inventories are up, diminishing the chance of a further increase in the gross margin. SG&A expenses are low in the record of the Index, but falling. The gross margin is falling at a more rapid rate than SG&A expenses, producing a deceleration in EBITDA relative to sales. Interest costs are high in the record of the Index and falling. That implies that the Index has further capability to accelerate earnings relative to sales with lower financing costs. Lower interest costs also diminish financial risk and are often associated with higher share valuation.

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