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All three major indices traded up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 225 points (1.3%) at 17,417 as of Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,093 issues advancing vs. 1,001 declining with 116 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry as a whole closed the day up 1.4% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.0%. Top gainers within the Materials & Construction industry included

China Ceramics

(

CCCL

), up 1.7%,

Integrated Electrical Services

(

IESC

), up 1.5%,

Pope Resources

(

POPE

), up 4.8%,

TRC Companies

(

TRR

), up 2.5% and

Sharps Compliance

(

SMED

), up 3.4%.

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

TRC Companies

(

TRR

) is one of the companies that pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today. TRC Companies was up $0.17 (2.5%) to $6.93 on average volume. Throughout the day, 12,729 shares of TRC Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $6.76-$6.94 after having opened the day at $6.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.76.

TRC Companies, Inc. provides engineering, consulting, and construction management services in the United States. TRC Companies has a market cap of $206.8 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 6.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate TRC Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

TRC Companies

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, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on TRR go as follows:

  • TRR's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 8.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 15.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • TRR's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.04 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 1.47, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Commercial Services & Supplies industry. The net income increased by 40.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $2.49 million to $3.49 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 132.37% to $2.50 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, TRC COS INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -9.13%.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

TRC Companies Ratings Report

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At the close,

Integrated Electrical Services

(

IESC

) was up $0.11 (1.5%) to $7.35 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8,425 shares of Integrated Electrical Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $7.35-$7.41 after having opened the day at $7.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.24.

Integrated Electrical Services, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides communications, residential, commercial and industrial, and infrastructure solutions. Integrated Electrical Services has a market cap of $169.7 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 5.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 9.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.8%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • IESC'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. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.46, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. When compared to other companies in the Construction & Engineering industry and the overall market, INTEGRATED ELECTRICAL SVCS's return on equity is below 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 16.82%. 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 1.56% trails the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Integrated Electrical Services Ratings Report

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China Ceramics

(

CCCL

) was another company that pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today. China Ceramics was up $0.02 (1.7%) to $0.90 on light volume. Throughout the day, 852 shares of China Ceramics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 37,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.90-$0.90 after having opened the day at $0.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.88.

China Ceramics has a market cap of $18.4 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 11.1% 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 or Stephanie Link.