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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Guanwei Recycling (Nasdaq: GPRC) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, GPRC's share price has jumped by 74.37%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, GPRC should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • GPRC 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 7.53, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • GPRC, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 7.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 9.0%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the Commercial Services & Supplies industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has decreased by 21.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $3.62 million to $2.86 million.

Guanwei Recycling Corp. engages in the manufacture and distribution of low density polyethylene (LDPE) and other recycled plastics products primarily in the People's Republic of China and internationally. Guanwei Recycling has a market cap of $25.5 million and is part of the industrial goods sector and materials & construction industry. Shares are down 14.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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