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.

Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 55.58 points (-0.3%) at 16,927 as of Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,583 issues advancing vs. 1,391 declining with 165 unchanged.

The Industrial industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.3%. Top gainers within the Industrial industry included

Lime Energy

(

LIME

), up 2.7%,

Ultralife Batteries

(

ULBI

), up 4.9%,

Taylor Devices

(

TAYD

), up 3.7%,

Tecumseh Products

(

TECUB

), up 1.9% and

American Electric Technologies

(

AETI

), up 3.6%.

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

American Electric Technologies

(

AETI

) is one of the companies that pushed the Industrial industry higher today. American Electric Technologies was up $0.24 (3.6%) to $6.90 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 27,188 shares of American Electric Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $6.57-$6.90 after having opened the day at $6.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.66.

American Electric Technologies, Inc. provides power delivery solutions to the energy industry in the United States and internationally. American Electric Technologies has a market cap of $57.0 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 33.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate American Electric Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Electric Technologies as a

hold

. 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 and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on AETI go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 6.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 20.6%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • AETI's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.05 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 1.34, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • 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 66.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.74 million to $0.58 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. When compared to other companies in the Electrical Equipment industry and the overall market, AMERICAN ELECTRIC TECH INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

American Electric Technologies Ratings Report

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

At the close,

Ultralife Batteries

(

ULBI

) was up $0.18 (4.9%) to $3.84 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 33,601 shares of Ultralife Batteries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.63-$3.84 after having opened the day at $3.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.66.

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 $63.2 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 3.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Ultralife Batteries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

Lime Energy

(

LIME

) was another company that pushed the Industrial industry higher today. Lime Energy was up $0.06 (2.7%) to $2.29 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 27,335 shares of Lime Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.23-$2.33 after having opened the day at $2.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.23.

Lime Energy Co. is engaged in designing and implementing energy efficiency programs for utilities in the United States. Lime Energy has a market cap of $8.4 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 21.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Lime Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lime Energy as a

sell

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

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LIME go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$6.94 million or 339.08% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • The gross profit margin for LIME ENERGY CO is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 31.90%. Regardless of LIME's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, LIME's net profit margin of -9.51% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • LIME's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 63.50%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last 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 Electrical Equipment industry and the overall market, LIME ENERGY CO's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • LIME has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Despite the fact that LIME's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.63, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Lime Energy Ratings Report

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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.