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3 Stocks Pushing The Industrial Industry Lower

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The Industrial industry as a whole was unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.1%. Laggards within the Industrial industry included Continental Materials ( CUO), down 4.6%, Euro Tech Holdings ( CLWT), down 5.5%, Ultralife Batteries ( ULBI), down 2.8%, THT Heat Transfer Technology ( THTI), down 2.5% and Altair Nanotechnologies ( ALTI), down 2.3%.

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

Altair Nanotechnologies ( ALTI) is one of the companies that pushed the Industrial industry lower today. Altair Nanotechnologies was down $0.09 (2.3%) to $3.75 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 50,986 shares of Altair Nanotechnologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 27,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.60-$4.10 after having opened the day at $3.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.84.

Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. develops, manufactures, and sells nano lithium titanate batteries and energy storage systems primarily in the United States and China. Altair Nanotechnologies has a market cap of $39.9 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 12.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Altair Nanotechnologies as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been an overall disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ALTI go as follows:

  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Electrical Equipment industry and the overall market, ALTAIR NANOTECHNOLOGIES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.43, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.93 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to -$3.15 million or 36.28% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -6.12%.
  • The stock has risen over the past year and, it has performed in line with the S&P 500 thus far. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, we do not believe this stock offers ample reward opportunity to compensate for the risks, despite the fact that it rose over the past year.
  • ALTAIR NANOTECHNOLOGIES INC has improved earnings per share by 23.8% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, ALTAIR NANOTECHNOLOGIES INC continued to lose money by earning -$1.57 versus -$2.94 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Altair Nanotechnologies Ratings Report

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