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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 66 points (0.4%) at 16,609 as of Friday, May 23, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,917 issues advancing vs. 1,047 declining with 178 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.4%. Top gainers within the Materials & Construction industry included Industrial Services of America ( IDSA), up 6.0%, Comstock ( CHCI), up 2.2%, Sharps Compliance ( SMED), up 4.8%, Goldfield ( GV), up 1.8% and Lennar ( LEN.B), up 3.4%.

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

Sharps Compliance ( SMED) is one of the companies that pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today. Sharps Compliance was up $0.19 (4.8%) to $4.11 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 71,312 shares of Sharps Compliance exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 33,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.90-$4.16 after having opened the day at $3.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.92.

Sharps Compliance Corp. provides management solutions for medical waste, used healthcare materials, and unused dispensed medications in the United States. Sharps Compliance has a market cap of $59.8 million and is part of the utilities sector. Shares are down 17.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Sharps Compliance a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Sharps Compliance as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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 SMED go as follows:

  • SMED's revenue growth trails the industry average of 16.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.6%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displaying stagnant earnings per share.
  • SMED 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 4.54, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • SHARPS COMPLIANCE CORP reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. 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, SHARPS COMPLIANCE CORP continued to lose money by earning -$0.18 versus -$0.23 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.04 versus -$0.18).
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Health Care Providers & Services industry and the overall market, SHARPS COMPLIANCE CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for SHARPS COMPLIANCE CORP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 28.26%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -16.84% is significantly below that of the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Sharps Compliance Ratings Report

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At the close, Comstock ( CHCI) was up $0.03 (2.2%) to $1.39 on light volume. Throughout the day, 24,858 shares of Comstock exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 95,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.33-$1.44 after having opened the day at $1.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.36.

Comstock Holding Companies, Inc. operates as a real estate development and construction services company in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Homebuilding, Multi-family, and Real Estate Services. Comstock has a market cap of $24.7 million and is part of the utilities sector. Shares are down 34.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Comstock a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Comstock as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CHCI go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 7.20 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company.
  • CHCI'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 58.84%, 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.
  • The gross profit margin for COMSTOCK HOLDING COS INC is rather low; currently it is at 22.19%. Regardless of CHCI'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 -5.52% trails the industry average.
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Household Durables industry and the overall market, COMSTOCK HOLDING COS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • COMSTOCK HOLDING COS INC has improved earnings per share by 45.5% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. During the past fiscal year, COMSTOCK HOLDING COS INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.10 versus -$0.47 in the prior year.

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

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Industrial Services of America ( IDSA) was another company that pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today. Industrial Services of America was up $0.28 (6.0%) to $4.90 on average volume. Throughout the day, 18,627 shares of Industrial Services of America exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.59-$4.93 after having opened the day at $4.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.62.

Industrial Services of America, Inc. operates as a recycler of stainless steel, ferrous, and non-ferrous scrap. The company operates in two segments, Recycling and Waste Services. Industrial Services of America has a market cap of $33.9 million and is part of the utilities sector. Shares are up 45.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Industrial Services of America a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Industrial Services of America as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on IDSA go as follows:

  • INDUSTRIAL SERVICES AMER INC 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. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, INDUSTRIAL SERVICES AMER INC reported poor results of -$1.96 versus -$0.96 in the prior year.
  • 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 significantly decreased by 128.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$4.50 million to -$10.27 million.
  • 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, INDUSTRIAL SERVICES AMER INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for INDUSTRIAL SERVICES AMER INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 0.11%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -35.96% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • IDSA, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 3.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 22.8%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Industrial Services of America Ratings Report

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