Hartmarx (HMX), which makes casual and golf apparel, has been downgraded to sell due to its generally disappointing historical stock performance and substandard return on equity. The company's stock share price has done very poorly, falling 25.9% over the past year. Despite the heavy decline in its share price, this stock is still more expensive -- when compared with its current earnings -- than most other companies in its industry. Third-quarter net income increased 10.6% to $542,000, or 1 cent a share from a year ago. Revenue dropped 2% to $135.2 million. Hartmarx had been rated hold since Oct. 1.
Pure Cycle (PCYO - Get Report), a water and wastewater service provider, has been upgraded to hold. Although the company maintains a largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels, a solid stock price performance, and expanding profit margins, it is also marked by deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. The company posted a third-quarter loss of about $5.2 million, or 28 cents a share, compared with a loss of about $713,700, or 5 cents a share, a year earlier, significantly underperforming the water utilities industry. Return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. Pure Cycle had been rated sell since February.
Innovo Group (INNO), an apparel company, has been upgraded to hold. While the company has demonstrated robust revenue growth, impressive EPS growth and compelling growth in net income, cash flow from its operations has been weak. It swung to a profit in the third-quarter, reporting net income of $913,000, or 2 cents a share, compared with a loss of $524,000 or 1 cent a share a year ago. Net sales increased 26% to $15.7 million. However, the company's stock has appreciated sharply over the last year, and this is one factor that should prompt investors to seek better opportunities elsewhere. Innovo Group had been rated sell since October 2005.
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