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All three major indices traded up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 188 points (1.1%) at 17,006 as of Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,601 issues advancing vs. 503 declining with 115 unchanged.

The Wholesale industry as a whole closed the day up 2.1% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.2%. Top gainers within the Wholesale industry included

China Metro-Rural Holdings

(

CNR

), up 2.8%,

Coast Distribution System

(

CRV

), up 2.2%,

NL Industries

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(

NL

), up 4.3%,

Bluelinx Holdings

(

BXC

), up 2.5% and

Tessco Technologies

(

TESS

), up 2.5%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

Bluelinx Holdings

(

BXC

) is one of the companies that pushed the Wholesale industry higher today. Bluelinx Holdings was up $0.03 (2.5%) to $1.23 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,360 shares of Bluelinx Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 96,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.20-$1.24 after having opened the day at $1.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.20.

Bluelinx Holdings has a market cap of $111.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 35.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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At the close,

NL Industries

(

NL

) was up $0.29 (4.3%) to $7.00 on average volume. Throughout the day, 18,102 shares of NL Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $6.73-$7.00 after having opened the day at $6.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.71.

NL Industries, Inc., through its subsidiary, CompX International Inc., operates in the component products industry in the United States and internationally. NL Industries has a market cap of $334.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 38.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate NL Industries a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates NL Industries 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 expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on NL go as follows:

  • NL's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 6.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 11.7%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • NL 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 2.74, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • NL INDUSTRIES 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, NL INDUSTRIES swung to a loss, reporting -$1.13 versus $1.16 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.45 versus -$1.13).
  • NL'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 41.34%, 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.
  • 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, NL INDUSTRIES'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:

NL Industries Ratings Report

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China Metro-Rural Holdings

(

CNR

) was another company that pushed the Wholesale industry higher today. China Metro-Rural Holdings was up $0.03 (2.8%) to $0.94 on light volume. Throughout the day, 400 shares of China Metro-Rural Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.93-$0.94 after having opened the day at $0.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.91.

China Metro-Rural Holdings has a market cap of $69.1 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 4.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.