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All three major indices traded up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 128 points (0.8%) at 16,805 as of Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,914 issues advancing vs. 1,162 declining with 133 unchanged.

The Automotive industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.7%. Top gainers within the Automotive industry included

UQM Technologies

(

UQM

), up 4.8%,

Strattec Security

(

STRT

), up 13.7%,

Lydall

(

LDL

), up 2.1% and

Johnson Controls

(

JCI

), up 1.9%.

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

Lydall

(

LDL

) is one of the companies that pushed the Automotive industry higher today. Lydall was up $0.62 (2.1%) to $29.62 on average volume. Throughout the day, 92,529 shares of Lydall exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 104,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $28.98-$29.82 after having opened the day at $29.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.00.

Lydall, Inc. designs and manufactures specialty engineered products for the thermal/acoustical, filtration/separation, and bio/medical applications worldwide. The company operates through Performance Materials, Thermal/Acoustical Metals, and Thermal/Acoustical Fibers segments. Lydall has a market cap of $474.7 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 64.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Lydall a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Lydall

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LDL go as follows:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 3.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 47.2%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • LDL's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.29 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, LDL has a quick ratio of 2.26, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • LYDALL INC has improved earnings per share by 40.0% 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. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, LYDALL INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.13 versus $0.99 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.47 versus $1.13).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Machinery industry. The net income increased by 38.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $5.96 million to $8.24 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 67.41% to $16.23 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, LYDALL INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -23.81%.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Lydall Ratings Report

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At the close,

Strattec Security

(

STRT

) was up $11.61 (13.7%) to $96.69 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 102,853 shares of Strattec Security exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $86.42-$97.44 after having opened the day at $86.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.08.

STRATTEC SECURITY CORPORATION designs, develops, manufactures, and markets automotive access control products. Strattec Security has a market cap of $294.1 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 90.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Strattec Security a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Strattec Security

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on STRT go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 9.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 26.8%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • STRT'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 1.36, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 71.73% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 94.83% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, STRT should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • STRATTEC SECURITY CORP 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. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, STRATTEC SECURITY CORP increased its bottom line by earning $4.58 versus $2.72 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.09 versus $4.58).
  • 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 78.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $3.22 million to $5.74 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Strattec Security Ratings Report

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UQM Technologies

(

UQM

) was another company that pushed the Automotive industry higher today. UQM Technologies was up $0.05 (4.8%) to $1.08 on light volume. Throughout the day, 22,184 shares of UQM Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 171,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.04-$1.09 after having opened the day at $1.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.03.

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 $44.9 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 51.9% 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.

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 29.73%, 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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