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The Industrial Goods sector as a whole closed the day down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.5%. Laggards within the Industrial Goods sector included

American DG Energy

(

ADGE

), down 6.2%,

LGL Group

(

LGL

), down 2.4%,

Lime Energy

(

LIME

), down 4.2%,

Art's-Way Manufacturing

(

ARTW

), down 3.4% and

Taylor Devices

(

TAYD

), down 2.8%.

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

Art's-Way Manufacturing

(

ARTW

) is one of the companies that pushed the Industrial Goods sector lower today. Art's-Way Manufacturing was down $0.16 (3.4%) to $4.57 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,576 shares of Art's-Way Manufacturing exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.55-$4.73 after having opened the day at $4.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.73.

Art's-Way Manufacturing Co., Inc. manufactures and sells agricultural equipment, specialized modular science buildings, pressurized steel vessels, and steel cutting tools worldwide. Art's-Way Manufacturing has a market cap of $18.6 million and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are down 11.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Art's-Way Manufacturing

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ARTW go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 1.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 23.1%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • 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 100.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.19 million to $0.38 million.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.51, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Despite the fact that ARTW's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.55, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.
  • ARTW has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 22.00% from its price level of one year ago. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry.
  • 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 Machinery industry and the overall market, ARTS WAY MFG 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:

Art's-Way Manufacturing Ratings Report

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At the close,

Lime Energy

(

LIME

) was down $0.11 (4.2%) to $2.52 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,818 shares of Lime Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.51-$2.55 after having opened the day at $2.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.63.

Lime Energy Co. is engaged in designing and implementing energy efficiency programs for utilities in the United States. Lime Energy has a market cap of $24.6 million and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are down 10.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Lime Energy

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LIME go as follows:

  • LIME has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 23.79% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • The gross profit margin for LIME ENERGY CO is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 32.26%. Regardless of LIME'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 0.57% trails the industry average.
  • 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 Electrical Equipment industry and the overall market, LIME ENERGY CO's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • LIME'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. Despite the fact that LIME's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.55, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 97.22% to -$0.04 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, LIME ENERGY CO has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -42.34%.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Lime Energy Ratings Report

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LGL Group

(

LGL

) was another company that pushed the Industrial Goods sector lower today. LGL Group was down $0.10 (2.4%) to $4.00 on light volume. Throughout the day, 400 shares of LGL Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.00-$4.00 after having opened the day at $4.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.10.

The LGL Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and markets standard and custom-engineered electronic components in the United States and internationally. LGL Group has a market cap of $10.6 million and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are up 14.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

LGL Group

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LGL go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.52 million or 316.73% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • LGL's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 27.19%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last 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 return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry and the overall market, LGL GROUP INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • LGL GROUP INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. 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, LGL GROUP INC reported poor results of -$3.16 versus -$0.51 in the prior year.
  • LGL, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 3.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 8.5%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

LGL Group Ratings Report

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