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All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 153.49 points (-0.9%) at 16,461 as of Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, 4:35 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,410 issues advancing vs. 704 declining with 100 unchanged.

The Automotive industry as a whole closed the day up 1.9% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.7%. Top gainers within the Automotive industry included

Sypris Solutions

(

SYPR

), up 3.5%,

Supreme Industries

(

STS

), up 1.7%,

SORL Auto Parts

(

SORL

), up 3.8%,

Spartan Motors

(

SPAR

), up 3.9% and

Miller Industries

(

MLR

), up 1.8%.

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

SORL Auto Parts

(

SORL

) is one of the companies that pushed the Automotive industry higher today. SORL Auto Parts was up $0.14 (3.8%) to $3.84 on light volume. Throughout the day, 27,778 shares of SORL Auto Parts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 65,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.73-$4.02 after having opened the day at $3.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.70.

SORL Auto Parts, Inc. develops, manufactures, and distributes automotive brake systems and other safety related auto parts. It operates in two segments, Commercial Vehicles Brake Systems, etc.; and Passenger Vehicles Brake Systems, etc. SORL Auto Parts has a market cap of $70.7 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 8.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates SORL Auto Parts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates SORL Auto Parts as a

hold

. 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 and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SORL go as follows:

  • SORL's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 9.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 14.3%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displaying stagnant earnings per share.
  • SORL's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.11 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, SORL has a quick ratio of 2.15, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • SORL AUTO PARTS INC reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past year. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SORL AUTO PARTS INC reported lower earnings of $0.49 versus $0.66 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.65 versus $0.49).
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$3.57 million or 90.86% 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 company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. In comparison to the other companies in the Auto Components industry and the overall market, SORL AUTO PARTS INC's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

SORL Auto Parts Ratings Report

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At the close,

Supreme Industries

(

STS

) was up $0.13 (1.7%) to $7.64 on average volume. Throughout the day, 25,221 shares of Supreme Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 26,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $7.32-$7.70 after having opened the day at $7.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.51.

Supreme Industries, Inc. manufactures and sells truck bodies, buses, and armored and specialty vehicles in the Unites States. The company operates in two segments, Specialized Vehicles and Fiberglass Products. Supreme Industries has a market cap of $108.0 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 25.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Supreme Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Supreme Industries

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, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on STS go as follows:

  • STS's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 3.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.8%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • STS's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.12 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, STS has a quick ratio of 1.54, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • The stock has risen over the past year as investors have generally rewarded the company for its earnings growth and other positive factors like the ones we have cited in this report. 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 Machinery industry. The net income increased by 360.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.93 million to $4.26 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Supreme Industries Ratings Report

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Sypris Solutions

(

SYPR

) was another company that pushed the Automotive industry higher today. Sypris Solutions was up $0.11 (3.5%) to $3.21 on light volume. Throughout the day, 15,752 shares of Sypris Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 36,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.07-$3.27 after having opened the day at $3.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.10.

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 $66.3 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 1.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 increase in stock price during the past year, revenue 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 SYPR go as follows:

  • Compared to its price level of one year ago, SYPR is up 5.69% to its most recent closing price of 3.34. Looking ahead, our view is that this company's fundamentals should not have much impact in either direction, allowing the stock to generally move up or down based on the push and pull of the broad market.
  • SYPR's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 9.1%. 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.
  • SYPRIS SOLUTIONS 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, SYPRIS SOLUTIONS INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.52 versus $0.52 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.22 versus -$0.52).
  • 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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