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The Materials & Construction industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which was unchanged. Laggards within the Materials & Construction industry included

Goldfield

(

GV

), down 2.3%,

James Hardie Industries

(

JHX

), down 1.7%,

China Recycling Energy

(

CREG

), down 3.3%,

Abengoa

(

ABGB

), down 2.6% and

UCP

(

UCP

), down 2.6%.

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

Abengoa

(

ABGB

) is one of the companies that pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today. Abengoa was down $0.70 (2.6%) to $26.45 on light volume. Throughout the day, 10,787 shares of Abengoa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $26.21-$26.61 after having opened the day at $26.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.15.

Abengoa has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 80.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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At the close,

China Recycling Energy

(

CREG

) was down $0.06 (3.3%) to $1.78 on average volume. Throughout the day, 213,713 shares of China Recycling Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 260,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.72-$1.84 after having opened the day at $1.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.84.

China Recycling Energy Corporation is engaged in the recycling energy business primarily in the People's Republic of China. China Recycling Energy has a market cap of $104.8 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 46.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

China Recycling Energy

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CREG go as follows:

  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, CREG's share price has jumped by 70.29%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.78, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.89 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • 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 Commercial Services & Supplies industry. The net income has decreased by 5.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $3.30 million to $3.12 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$17.75 million or 3186.78% 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:

China Recycling Energy Ratings Report

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James Hardie Industries

(

JHX

) was another company that pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today. James Hardie Industries was down $1.12 (1.7%) to $64.99 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,553 shares of James Hardie Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $64.83-$65.27 after having opened the day at $65.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.11.

James Hardie Industries plc, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells fiber cement products and systems for interior and exterior building construction applications primarily in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, and Europe. James Hardie Industries has a market cap of $5.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 15.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate James Hardie Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

James Hardie Industries

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on JHX go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 4.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 15.2%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • 37.38% is the gross profit margin for JAMES HARDIE INDUSTRIES PLC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, JHX's share price has jumped by 51.35%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Setting our sights on the months ahead, however, we feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The implication is that its reduced upside potential is not good enough to warrant further investment at this time.
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the Construction Materials industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has significantly decreased by 168.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$69.50 million to -$186.80 million.
  • JAMES HARDIE INDUSTRIES PLC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from 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, JAMES HARDIE INDUSTRIES PLC increased its bottom line by earning $1.15 versus $0.51 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 46.1% in earnings ($0.62 versus $1.15).

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

James Hardie Industries Ratings Report

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