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The Industrial industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.7%. Laggards within the Industrial industry included

LGL Group

(

LGL

), down 1.6%,

WSI Industries

(

WSCI

), down 5.7%,

IntriCon

(

IIN

), down 6.1%,

Art's-Way Manufacturing

(

ARTW

), down 3.4% and

American DG Energy

(

ADGE

), down 2.3%.

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

Art's-Way Manufacturing

(

ARTW

) is one of the companies that pushed the Industrial industry lower today. Art's-Way Manufacturing was down $0.18 (3.4%) to $5.11 on light volume. Throughout the day, 10,139 shares of Art's-Way Manufacturing exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $5.11-$5.42 after having opened the day at $5.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.29.

Art's-Way Manufacturing Co., Inc. manufactures and sells agricultural equipment, specialized modular science buildings, pressurized steel vessels, and steel cutting tools in the United States and internationally. Art's-Way Manufacturing has a market cap of $21.9 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 11.3% 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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 weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ARTW go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 3.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 23.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost 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 2046.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.03 million to $0.56 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.66, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Despite the fact that ARTW's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.60, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.
  • ARTW has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 12.50% 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.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Machinery industry and the overall market, ARTS WAY MFG INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and 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,

IntriCon

(

IIN

) was down $0.38 (6.1%) to $5.74 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,728 shares of IntriCon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $5.74-$6.08 after having opened the day at $6.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.12.

IntriCon Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, engineers, and manufactures body-worn devices in the United States and internationally. IntriCon has a market cap of $34.0 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 58.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates IntriCon a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

IntriCon

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on IIN go as follows:

  • IIN's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 5.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 52.5%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost 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 Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry. The net income increased by 123.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$3.44 million to $0.81 million.
  • INTRICON CORP 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, INTRICON CORP swung to a loss, reporting -$0.41 versus $0.30 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.43 versus -$0.41).
  • The gross profit margin for INTRICON CORP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 30.40%. Regardless of IIN'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 4.64% trails the industry average.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.51, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Despite the fact that IIN's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 0.62 is low and demonstrates weak liquidity.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

IntriCon Ratings Report

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LGL Group

(

LGL

) was another company that pushed the Industrial industry lower today. LGL Group was down $0.06 (1.6%) to $3.73 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,700 shares of LGL Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.66-$3.78 after having opened the day at $3.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.79.

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 $10.3 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 29.9% 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 disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, 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:

  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. 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.
  • The gross profit margin for LGL GROUP INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 27.40%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -21.69% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.04 million or 108.23% 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 37.40%, 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.
  • 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.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

LGL Group Ratings Report

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