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The Industrial Goods sector as a whole was unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which was unchanged. Laggards within the Industrial Goods sector included

Bonso Electronics International

(

BNSO

), down 2.7%,

Global-Tech Advanced Innovations

(

GAI

), down 2.8%,

American DG Energy

(

ADGE

), down 4.2%,

Ecology and Environment

(

EEI

), down 1.6% and

Compx International

(

CIX

), down 8.1%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the sector lower today:

Matthews International Corporation

(

MATW

) is one of the companies that pushed the Industrial Goods sector lower today. Matthews International Corporation was down $0.63 (1.5%) to $40.37 on average volume. Throughout the day, 203,367 shares of Matthews International Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 166,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $40.22-$41.40 after having opened the day at $41.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.00.

Matthews International Corporation operates as a designer, manufacturer, and marketer of memorialization products and solutions for the cemetery and funeral home industries in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Matthews International Corporation has a market cap of $1.1 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are down 3.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Matthews International Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Matthews International Corporation

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on MATW go as follows:

  • 40.45% is the gross profit margin for MATTHEWS INTL CORP which we consider to be strong. Regardless of MATW's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 4.59% trails the industry average.
  • MATTHEWS INTL CORP's earnings per share declined by 19.6% 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. We anticipate these figures will begin to experience more growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, MATTHEWS INTL CORP reported lower earnings of $1.98 versus $1.99 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.66 versus $1.98).
  • MATW, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 2.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 3.7%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • MATW's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.66 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 1.46 is sturdy.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Matthews International Corporation Ratings Report

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At the close,

Compx International

(

CIX

) was down $0.94 (8.1%) to $10.61 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 16,003 shares of Compx International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $10.60-$12.22 after having opened the day at $11.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.55.

CompX International Inc. manufactures and sells security products and recreational marine components primarily in North America. The company operates through two segments, Security Products and Marine Components. Compx International has a market cap of $27.1 million and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are down 19.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Compx International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Compx International

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 increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CIX go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 3.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 20.2%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • CIX 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. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 4.46, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • COMPX INTERNATIONAL INC 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. During the past fiscal year, COMPX INTERNATIONAL INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.49 versus $0.28 in the prior year.
  • The gross profit margin for COMPX INTERNATIONAL INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 33.47%. Regardless of CIX's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, CIX's net profit margin of 8.30% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • CIX has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 9.30% from its price level of one year ago. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Compx International Ratings Report

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Ecology and Environment

(

EEI

) was another company that pushed the Industrial Goods sector lower today. Ecology and Environment was down $0.17 (1.6%) to $10.83 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 9,671 shares of Ecology and Environment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $10.69-$11.10 after having opened the day at $11.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.00.

Ecology and Environment, Inc., an environmental consulting firm, provides professional services to the government and private sectors worldwide. Ecology and Environment has a market cap of $29.1 million and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are unchanged year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Ecology and Environment

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on EEI go as follows:

  • EEI's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.07 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, EEI has a quick ratio of 1.91, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 44.47% is the gross profit margin for ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of EEI's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -2.69% trails the industry average.
  • EEI, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 3.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 19.6%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Commercial Services & Supplies industry and the overall market, ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $4.88 million or 48.13% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Ecology and Environment Ratings Report

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