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The Materials & Construction industry as a whole closed the day down 1.7% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.7%. Laggards within the Materials & Construction industry included

Avalon Holdings

(

AWX

), down 6.5%,

China Ceramics

(

CCCL

), down 8.3%,

Integrated Electrical Services

(

IESC

), down 2.5%,

Perma-Fix Environmental Services

(

PESI

), down 1.7% and

Ecology and Environment

(

EEI

), down 1.8%.

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

Perma-Fix Environmental Services

(

PESI

) is one of the companies that pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today. Perma-Fix Environmental Services was down $0.07 (1.7%) to $4.12 on light volume. Throughout the day, 15,041 shares of Perma-Fix Environmental Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 27,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.12-$4.23 after having opened the day at $4.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.19.

Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an environmental and technology know-how company in the United States. It operates through two segments, Treatment and Services. Perma-Fix Environmental Services has a market cap of $48.1 million and is part of the utilities sector. Shares are down 3.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Perma-Fix Environmental Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Perma-Fix Environmental Services

as a

sell

. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been an overall disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PESI go as follows:

  • 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, PERMA-FIX ENVIRONMENTAL SVCS's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Commercial Services & Supplies industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 331.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$0.81 million to $1.87 million.
  • PESI, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 2.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 11.4%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • PESI's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.27 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.82 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • PERMA-FIX ENVIRONMENTAL SVCS 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, PERMA-FIX ENVIRONMENTAL SVCS reported poor results of -$3.03 versus -$0.30 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.16 versus -$3.03).

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Perma-Fix Environmental Services Ratings Report

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At the close,

Integrated Electrical Services

(

IESC

) was down $0.20 (2.5%) to $7.79 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 15,563 shares of Integrated Electrical Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $7.75-$7.98 after having opened the day at $7.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.99.

Integrated Electrical Services, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides communications, residential, commercial and industrial, and infrastructure solutions. Integrated Electrical Services has a market cap of $177.8 million and is part of the utilities sector. Shares are up 4.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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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 3.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 13.5%. 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 0.11 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, IESC has a quick ratio of 1.52, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 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. 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 17.08%. 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 2.41% 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 lower today. China Ceramics was down $0.10 (8.3%) to $1.10 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 77,800 shares of China Ceramics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 30,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.07-$1.24 after having opened the day at $1.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.20.

China Ceramics has a market cap of $23.1 million and is part of the utilities sector. Shares are up 39.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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