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All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 173.45 points (-1.1%) at 16,142 as of Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,470 issues advancing vs. 1,677 declining with 92 unchanged.

The Automotive industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.8%. Top gainers within the Automotive industry included

UQM Technologies

(

UQM

), up 4.8%,

SORL Auto Parts

(

SORL

), up 2.6%,

Miller Industries

(

MLR

), up 2.5%,

Spartan Motors

(

SPAR

), up 4.2% and

Shiloh Industries

(

SHLO

), up 1.8%.

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

Miller Industries

(

MLR

) is one of the companies that pushed the Automotive industry higher today. Miller Industries was up $0.45 (2.5%) to $18.53 on average volume. Throughout the day, 30,895 shares of Miller Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $17.67-$18.56 after having opened the day at $17.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.08.

Miller Industries, Inc. manufactures and sells vehicle towing and recovery equipment. Miller Industries has a market cap of $196.4 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Miller Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Miller Industries

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, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on MLR go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 4.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 15.7%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • MLR 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. To add to this, MLR has a quick ratio of 1.83, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Machinery industry average. The net income increased by 16.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $2.90 million to $3.39 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 237.66% to $2.03 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, MILLER INDUSTRIES INC/TN has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -24.26%.
  • MILLER INDUSTRIES INC/TN has improved earnings per share by 15.4% in the most recent quarter compared to 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, MILLER INDUSTRIES INC/TN's EPS of $0.82 remained unchanged from the prior years' EPS of $0.82.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Miller Industries Ratings Report

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At the close,

SORL Auto Parts

(

SORL

) was up $0.09 (2.6%) to $3.57 on light volume. Throughout the day, 18,417 shares of SORL Auto Parts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 67,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.45-$3.57 after having opened the day at $3.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.48.

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 $67.2 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 12.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 9.3%. 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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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 average volume. Throughout the day, 173,298 shares of UQM Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 185,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.01-$1.08 after having opened the day at $1.05 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 $41.7 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 51.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 32.73%, 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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