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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 104.52 points (-0.6%) at 16,739 as of Thursday, June 12, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,187 issues advancing vs. 1,811 declining with 135 unchanged.

The Industrial Goods sector as a whole closed the day down 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.9%. Top gainers within the Industrial Goods sector included Continental Materials ( CUO), up 4.0%, Industrial Services of America ( IDSA), up 2.9%, Ecology and Environment ( EEI), up 2.4%, Compx International ( CIX), up 3.2% and Comstock ( CHCI), up 2.4%.

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

Compx International ( CIX) is one of the companies that pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today. Compx International was up $0.33 (3.2%) to $10.66 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,031 shares of Compx International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $10.37-$10.66 after having opened the day at $10.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.33.

CompX International Inc. manufactures and sells security products and recreational marine components primarily in North America. The company operates through two segments, Security Products and Marine Components. Compx International has a market cap of $26.0 million and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are down 23.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Compx International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Compx International 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 increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CIX go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 3.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 20.2%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • CIX 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 4.46, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • COMPX INTERNATIONAL INC reported significant earnings per share improvement 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, COMPX INTERNATIONAL INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.49 versus $0.28 in the prior year.
  • The gross profit margin for COMPX INTERNATIONAL INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 33.47%. Regardless of CIX's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, CIX's net profit margin of 8.30% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • CIX has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 14.59% from its price level of one year ago. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.

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

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At the close, Ecology and Environment ( EEI) was up $0.26 (2.4%) to $11.00 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,949 shares of Ecology and Environment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $10.56-$11.00 after having opened the day at $10.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.74.

Ecology and Environment, Inc., an environmental consulting firm, provides professional services to the government and private sectors worldwide. Ecology and Environment has a market cap of $28.2 million and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are down 2.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Ecology and Environment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Ecology and Environment 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 and expanding profit margins. 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 disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on EEI go as follows:

  • EEI's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.07 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, EEI has a quick ratio of 1.91, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 44.47% is the gross profit margin for ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of EEI's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -2.69% trails the industry average.
  • EEI, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 3.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 19.6%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 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, ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $4.88 million or 48.13% 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: Ecology and Environment Ratings Report

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Industrial Services of America ( IDSA) was another company that pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today. Industrial Services of America was up $0.14 (2.9%) to $4.92 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,306 shares of Industrial Services of America exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.87-$4.92 after having opened the day at $4.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.78.

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 $34.6 million and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are up 50.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 460.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.12 million to -$0.65 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 6.10%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -2.51% trails that of the industry average.
  • IDSA, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 3.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 26.1%. 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: Industrial Services of America Ratings Report

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