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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 6.20 points (0.0%) at 16,937 as of Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 968 issues advancing vs. 2,021 declining with 151 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry as a whole was unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.1%. Top gainers within the Materials & Construction industry included Avalon Holdings ( AWX), up 3.9%, Skyline ( SKY), up 4.0%, Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC), up 3.5%, Perma-Fix Environmental Services ( PESI), up 1.6% and Vertex Energy ( VTNR), up 1.9%.

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

Vertex Energy ( VTNR) is one of the companies that pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today. Vertex Energy was up $0.18 (1.9%) to $9.51 on light volume. Throughout the day, 347,719 shares of Vertex Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 480,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $9.21-$9.58 after having opened the day at $9.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.33.

Vertex Energy has a market cap of $213.9 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 178.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on VTNR go as follows:

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

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At the close, Perma-Fix Environmental Services ( PESI) was up $0.06 (1.6%) to $4.13 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,742 shares of Perma-Fix Environmental Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 61,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.01-$4.13 after having opened the day at $4.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.06.

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 $46.3 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 30.7% 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. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PESI go as follows:

  • 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 36.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$2.91 million to -$3.97 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, PERMA-FIX ENVIRONMENTAL SVCS's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for PERMA-FIX ENVIRONMENTAL SVCS is currently extremely low, coming in at 10.92%. Regardless of PESI's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, PESI's net profit margin of -37.64% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • PERMA-FIX ENVIRONMENTAL SVCS's earnings per share declined by 32.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse 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 (-$0.32 versus -$3.03).
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 3.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 46.8%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Perma-Fix Environmental Services Ratings Report

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Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC) was another company that pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today. Guanwei Recycling was up $0.05 (3.5%) to $1.50 on light volume. Throughout the day, 21,243 shares of Guanwei Recycling exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 104,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.46-$1.57 after having opened the day at $1.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.45.

Guanwei Recycling Corp. manufactures and distributes 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 $15.4 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 48.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Guanwei Recycling a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Guanwei Recycling as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on GPRC go as follows:

  • 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 7.54, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • GPRC, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 3.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 11.0%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for GUANWEI RECYCLING CORP is currently extremely low, coming in at 11.25%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 5.29% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$2.67 million or 155.99% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

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

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