3 Stocks Pushing The Industrial Goods Sector Lower

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The Industrial Goods sector as a whole closed the day down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which was unchanged. Laggards within the Industrial Goods sector included Intelligent Systems ( INS), down 5.8%, American DG Energy ( ADGE), down 4.8%, Industrial Services of America ( IDSA), down 3.5%, Ultralife Batteries ( ULBI), down 2.0% and Marine Products ( MPX), down 3.1%.

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

Marine Products ( MPX) is one of the companies that pushed the Industrial Goods sector lower today. Marine Products was down $0.23 (3.1%) to $7.20 on light volume. Throughout the day, 7,708 shares of Marine Products exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $7.19-$7.48 after having opened the day at $7.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.43.

Marine Products Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells recreational fiberglass powerboats in the sportboat, deckboat, cruiser, sport yacht, and sport fishing markets worldwide. Marine Products has a market cap of $269.0 million and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are down 26.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Marine Products a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Marine Products as a buy. 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, compelling growth in net income, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on MPX go as follows:

  • MPX's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 4.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.7%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • MPX 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 the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.07, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Leisure Equipment & Products industry average. The net income increased by 36.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $1.45 million to $1.98 million.
  • MARINE PRODUCTS CORP has improved earnings per share by 25.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Stable earnings per share over the past two years indicate the company has sound management over its earnings and share float. We anticipate the company beginning to experience more growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, MARINE PRODUCTS CORP's EPS of $0.19 remained unchanged from the prior years' EPS of $0.19. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.22 versus $0.19).
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. In comparison to the other companies in the Leisure Equipment & Products industry and the overall market, MARINE PRODUCTS CORP's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Marine Products Ratings Report

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