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

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 29.64 points (-0.2%) at 18,195 as of Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, 3:25 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,400 issues advancing vs. 1,601 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.4%. Top gainers within the Financial Services industry included

China Ceramics

(

CCCL

), up 13.0%,

PIMCO New York Municipal Income Fund III

(

PYN

), up 2.9%,

Tiptree Financial

(

TIPT

), up 2.4%,

Dominion Resources Black Warrior

(

DOM

), up 2.5% and

Harris & Harris Group

(

TINY

), up 2.1%.

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

Harris & Harris Group

(

TINY

) is one of the companies that pushed the Financial Services industry higher today. Harris & Harris Group was up $0.07 (2.1%) to $3.39 on light volume. Throughout the day, 50,606 shares of Harris & Harris Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 103,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.29-$3.39 after having opened the day at $3.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.32.

Harris & Harris Group, Inc. is a venture capital firm specializing in early stage investments. It is a BDC. Harris & Harris Group has a market cap of $103.1 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 12.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Harris & Harris Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Harris & Harris Group as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on TINY go as follows:

  • HARRIS & HARRIS GROUP 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 year. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, HARRIS & HARRIS GROUP continued to lose money by earning -$0.26 versus -$0.64 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.02 versus -$0.26).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Capital Markets industry. The net income increased by 56.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$2.10 million to -$0.91 million.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, HARRIS & HARRIS GROUP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$2.22 million or 141.66% 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.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Harris & Harris Group Ratings Report

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At the close,

Dominion Resources Black Warrior

(

DOM

) was up $0.16 (2.5%) to $6.86 on average volume. Throughout the day, 68,462 shares of Dominion Resources Black Warrior exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 48,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $6.47-$7.01 after having opened the day at $6.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.70.

Dominion Resources Black Warrior Trust operates as a grantor trust in the United States. Dominion Resources Black Warrior has a market cap of $55.1 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 20.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Dominion Resources Black Warrior a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Dominion Resources Black Warrior

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on DOM go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 20.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.9%. 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.
  • DOM 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.
  • 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, DOMINION RES BLACK WARRIOR's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for DOMINION RES BLACK WARRIOR is currently very high, coming in at 100.00%. DOM has managed to maintain the strong profit margin since the same quarter of last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, DOM's net profit margin of 85.17% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • DOMINION RES BLACK WARRIOR' earnings per share from the most recent quarter came in slightly below the year earlier quarter. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, DOMINION RES BLACK WARRIOR increased its bottom line by earning $0.70 versus $0.54 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Dominion Resources Black Warrior Ratings Report

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China Ceramics

(

CCCL

) was another company that pushed the Financial Services industry higher today. China Ceramics was up $0.12 (13.0%) to $1.04 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 118,214 shares of China Ceramics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 26,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.92-$1.09 after having opened the day at $0.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.92.

China Ceramics has a market cap of $19.2 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 16.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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.