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3 Materials & Construction Stocks Pushing The Industry Higher

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 28.64 points (-0.2%) at 16,839 as of Thursday, June 26, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,444 issues advancing vs. 1,544 declining with 166 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry as a whole was unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.1%. Top gainers within the Materials & Construction industry included Avalon Holdings ( AWX), up 7.5%, Industrial Services of America ( IDSA), up 2.3%, Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), up 3.5%, Comstock ( CHCI), up 7.4% and TRC Companies ( TRR), up 2.7%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

Comstock ( CHCI) is one of the companies that pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today. Comstock was up $0.09 (7.4%) to $1.27 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 162,580 shares of Comstock exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 65,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.16-$1.30 after having opened the day at $1.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.18.

Comstock Holding Companies, Inc. operates as a real estate development and construction services company in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Homebuilding, Multi-family, and Real Estate Services. Comstock has a market cap of $22.2 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 41.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Comstock a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Comstock as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CHCI go as follows:

  • 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 Household Durables industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 318.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.72 million to -$1.58 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 10.87 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Household Durables industry and the overall market, COMSTOCK HOLDING COS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for COMSTOCK HOLDING COS INC is rather low; currently it is at 20.18%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -19.85% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$2.59 million or 163.52% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

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

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