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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 1.8% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.1%. Laggards within the Materials & Construction industry included Avalon Holdings ( AWX), down 7.6%, Comstock ( CHCI), down 1.8%, Industrial Services of America ( IDSA), down 5.1%, Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), down 3.5% and Skyline ( SKY), down 1.9%.

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

Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC) is one of the companies that pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today. Integrated Electrical Services was down $0.24 (3.5%) to $6.54 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10,078 shares of Integrated Electrical Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $6.51-$6.63 after having opened the day at $6.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.78.

Integrated Electrical Services, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides communications, residential, commercial and industrial, and infrastructure solutions in the United States. Integrated Electrical Services has a market cap of $124.7 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 29.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Integrated Electrical Services as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on IESC go as follows:

  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 133.33% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 34.02% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • INTEGRATED ELECTRICAL SVCS reported significant earnings per share improvement 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, INTEGRATED ELECTRICAL SVCS continued to lose money by earning -$0.14 versus -$0.18 in the prior year.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, IESC has outperformed against the industry average of 13.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 1.4%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Construction & Engineering industry and the overall market, INTEGRATED ELECTRICAL SVCS's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for INTEGRATED ELECTRICAL SVCS is rather low; currently it is at 17.19%. Regardless of IESC's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 0.32% trails the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Integrated Electrical Services Ratings Report

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