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One out of the three major indices traded up today Two out of the three major indices traded up today The three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 30.21 points (-0.2%) at 16,882 as of Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,028 issues advancing vs. 1,986 declining with 144 unchanged.

The Industrial Goods sector as a whole closed the day down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.1%. Top gainers within the Industrial Goods sector included

Intelligent Systems

(

INS

), up 16.8%,

Avalon Holdings

(

AWX

), up 3.7%,

Ultralife Batteries

(

ULBI

), up 1.9%,

Comstock

(

CHCI

), up 2.6% and

Integrated Electrical Services

(

IESC

), up 2.9%.

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

Integrated Electrical Services

(

IESC

) is one of the companies that pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today. Integrated Electrical Services was up $0.18 (2.9%) to $6.50 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11,440 shares of Integrated Electrical Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $6.43-$6.50 after having opened the day at $6.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.32.

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 $115.4 million and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are up 19.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Integrated Electrical Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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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 33.89% 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 13.7%. 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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At the close,

Comstock

(

CHCI

) was up $0.03 (2.6%) to $1.17 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,650 shares of Comstock exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 48,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.13-$1.17 after having opened the day at $1.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.14.

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 $21.4 million and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are down 43.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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Ultralife Batteries

(

ULBI

) was another company that pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today. Ultralife Batteries was up $0.07 (1.9%) to $3.84 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,153 shares of Ultralife Batteries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.68-$3.84 after having opened the day at $3.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.77.

Ultralife Corporation offers power and communications solutions in the United States and internationally. It operates through two segments, Battery & Energy Products and Communications Systems. Ultralife Batteries has a market cap of $64.1 million and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are up 6.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Ultralife Batteries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ultralife Batteries as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ULBI 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 Electrical Equipment industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 396.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.43 million to -$1.29 million.
  • 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, ULTRALIFE CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for ULTRALIFE CORP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 32.72%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -8.41% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • ULTRALIFE CORP has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. Stable Earnings per share over the past year indicate the company has sound management over its earnings and share float. During the past fiscal year, ULTRALIFE CORP's EPS of -$0.05 remained unchanged from the prior years' EPS of -$0.05.
  • In its most recent trading session, ULBI has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. Regardless of the rise in share value over the previous year, we feel that the risks involved in investing in this stock do not compensate for any future upside potential.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Ultralife Batteries Ratings Report

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