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All three major indices traded up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 263 points (1.6%) at 16,380 as of Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,043 issues advancing vs. 1,068 declining with 100 unchanged.

The Automotive industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.3%. Top gainers within the Automotive industry included

Sypris Solutions

(

SYPR

), up 4.2%,

UQM Technologies

(

UQM

), up 5.8%,

Tower International

(

TOWR

), up 6.0%,

American Axle & Mfg Holdings

(

AXL

), up 1.6% and

Wabco Holdings

(

WBC

), up 2.0%.

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

Tower International

(

TOWR

) is one of the companies that pushed the Automotive industry higher today. Tower International was up $1.26 (6.0%) to $22.26 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 385,231 shares of Tower International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 193,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $21.35-$22.68 after having opened the day at $21.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.00.

Tower International, Inc. manufactures and sells engineered structural metal components and assemblies for the automotive original equipment manufacturers in the Americas and Internationally. It operates through two segments, the Americas and International. Tower International has a market cap of $429.7 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 1.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Tower International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Tower International

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on TOWR go as follows:

  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, reflecting both the market's overall trend during that period and the fact that the company's earnings growth has been robust. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Auto Components industry. The net income increased by 135.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$45.11 million to $16.10 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 9.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.7%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Auto Components industry and the overall market, TOWER INTERNATIONAL INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • TOWER INTERNATIONAL INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, TOWER INTERNATIONAL INC reported poor results of -$1.04 versus -$0.59 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.00 versus -$1.04).

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Tower International Ratings Report

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At the close,

UQM Technologies

(

UQM

) was up $0.06 (5.8%) to $1.10 on light volume. Throughout the day, 87,326 shares of UQM Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 185,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.05-$1.12 after having opened the day at $1.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.04.

UQM Technologies, Inc. develops, manufactures, and sells electric motors, generators, and power electronic controllers in the United States and internationally. UQM Technologies has a market cap of $43.7 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 49.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate UQM Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates UQM Technologies as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on UQM 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 Auto Components industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 43.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.92 million to -$1.31 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.89 million or 63.77% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 32.73%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 50.00% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Auto Components industry and the overall market, UQM TECHNOLOGIES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • UQM TECHNOLOGIES INC's earnings per share declined by 50.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, UQM TECHNOLOGIES INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.07 versus -$0.29 in the prior year. This year, the market expects earnings to be in line with last year (-$0.07 versus -$0.07).

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

UQM Technologies Ratings Report

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Sypris Solutions

(

SYPR

) was another company that pushed the Automotive industry higher today. Sypris Solutions was up $0.14 (4.2%) to $3.48 on light volume. Throughout the day, 9,809 shares of Sypris Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 38,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.39-$3.67 after having opened the day at $3.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.34.

Sypris Solutions, Inc. provides outsourced services and specialty products primarily in the United States, Mexico, Denmark, and the United Kingdom. Sypris Solutions has a market cap of $62.4 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 0.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Sypris Solutions a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sypris Solutions as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. 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 SYPR go as follows:

  • SYPR's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 9.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 13.3%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Auto Components industry. The net income increased by 124.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$1.49 million to $0.37 million.
  • Compared to its price level of one year ago, SYPR is down 1.96% to its most recent closing price of 3.01. Looking ahead, our view is that this company's fundamentals will not have much impact either way, allowing the stock to generally move up or down based on the push and pull of the broad market.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Auto Components industry and the overall market, SYPRIS SOLUTIONS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for SYPRIS SOLUTIONS INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 14.51%. Regardless of SYPR'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 0.39% trails the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Sypris Solutions Ratings Report

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