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3 Stocks Pushing The Materials & Construction Industry Lower

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The Materials & Construction industry as a whole closed the day down 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.3%. Laggards within the Materials & Construction industry included Avalon Holdings ( AWX), down 7.1%, Industrial Services of America ( IDSA), down 2.4%, Comstock ( CHCI), down 3.9%, TRC Companies ( TRR), down 2.3% and Abengoa ( ABGB), down 2.8%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

TRC Companies ( TRR) is one of the companies that pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today. TRC Companies was down $0.12 (2.3%) to $5.19 on average volume. Throughout the day, 35,541 shares of TRC Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 30,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $5.18-$5.38 after having opened the day at $5.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.31.

TRC Companies, Inc. provides engineering, consulting, and construction management services in the United States. TRC Companies has a market cap of $158.1 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 25.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on TRR go as follows:

  • TRR's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 3.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 10.0%. 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.
  • TRR's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.02 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.40, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • 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 Commercial Services & Supplies industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 53.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $3.10 million to $1.43 million.
  • The gross profit margin for TRC COS INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 6.58%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.18% trails that of the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: TRC Companies Ratings Report

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