This Day On The Street
Continue to site
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

TSC Ratings' Updates: Star Gas

We've downgraded Tufco Technologies (TFCO), which provides integrated manufacturing services, from hold to sell, driven by its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Net income decreased by 94.6%, from $520,000 to $30,000, since the same quarter a year ago, underperforming the S&P 500 and the commercial services and supplies industry. The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior, implying a minor weakness in the organization and underperforming the industry and the S&P 500. Tufco's 4.3% gross profit margin is extremely low, having decreased from the same quarter last year, and its net profit margin of 0.1% trails the industry average.

Tufco has experienced a steep decline in EPS or 90.9% in the most recent quarter compared with the same quarter a year ago, continuing a two-year pattern of declining EPS. During the past fiscal year, Tufco reported lower earnings of 13 cents versus 21 cents in the prior year. Shares are down 45.8% on the year, underperforming the S&P 500, but don't assume that the stock can now be tagged as cheap and attractive. Based on its current price in relation to its earnings, Tufco is still more expensive than most of the other companies in its industry.

All ratings changes generated on Dec. 22 are listed below.

Ticker
Company
Current
Change
Previous
ATHN
AthenaHealth
HOLD
Upgrade
SELL
CRR
Carbo Ceramics
HOLD
Downgrade
BUY
ELP
Copel
HOLD
Downgrade
BUY
FSI
Flexible Solutions International
HOLD
Upgrade
SELL
SGC
Superior Uniform Group
HOLD
Downgrade
BUY
SGU
Star Gas Partners
SELL
Downgrade
HOLD
TFCO
Tufco Technologies
SELL
Downgrade
HOLD

Each business day, TheStreet.com Ratings updates its ratings on the stocks it covers. The proprietary ratings model projects a stock's total return potential over a 12-month period, including both price appreciation and dividends. Buy, hold or sell ratings designate how the Ratings group expects these stocks to perform against a general benchmark of the equities market and interest rates.

While the ratings model is quantitative, it uses both subjective and objective elements. For instance, subjective elements include expected equities market returns, future interest rates, implied industry outlook and company earnings forecasts. Objective elements include volatility of past operating revenue, financial strength and company cash flows.

However, the rating does not incorporate all of the factors that can alter a stock's performance. For example, it doesn't always factor in recent corporate or industry events that could affect the stock price, nor does it include recent technology developments and competitive dynamics that may affect the company.

For those reasons, we believe a rating alone cannot tell the whole story, and that it should be part of an investor's overall research.

4 of 4

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
SYM TRADE IT LAST %CHG
TFCO $6.07 -0.65%
ATHN $122.07 0.00%
ELP $10.71 0.00%
SGC $18.81 0.00%
SGU $8.34 0.00%

Markets

DOW 18,162.99 +121.45 0.67%
S&P 500 2,123.48 +19.28 0.92%
NASDAQ 5,106.5930 +73.8420 1.47%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs