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The Industrial Goods sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.2%. Laggards within the Industrial Goods sector included Avalon Holdings ( AWX), down 4.9%, Intelligent Systems ( INS), down 4.0%, Industrial Services of America ( IDSA), down 1.9%, Ecology and Environment ( EEI), down 1.8% and WSI Industries ( WSCI), down 2.6%.

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

USG ( USG) is one of the companies that pushed the Industrial Goods sector lower today. USG was down $0.48 (1.6%) to $30.41 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,439,141 shares of USG exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,010,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $30.24-$30.96 after having opened the day at $30.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.89.

USG Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as a manufacturer and distributor of building materials worldwide. It operates in three segments: North American Gypsum, Worldwide Ceilings, and Building Products Distribution. USG has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are up 8.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate USG a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates USG as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on USG go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 5.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.4%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 1500.00% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 26.54% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • The gross profit margin for USG CORP is rather low; currently it is at 21.29%. Regardless of USG's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, USG's net profit margin of 5.29% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 3.46 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio is weak, USG's quick ratio is somewhat strong at 1.33, demonstrating the ability to handle short-term liquidity needs.

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

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At the close, Ecology and Environment ( EEI) was down $0.20 (1.8%) to $10.80 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,845 shares of Ecology and Environment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $10.71-$10.97 after having opened the day at $10.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.00.

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 $28.4 million and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are down 2.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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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 lower today. Industrial Services of America was down $0.09 (1.9%) to $4.83 on light volume. Throughout the day, 566 shares of Industrial Services of America exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.78-$4.92 after having opened the day at $4.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.92.

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 $33.8 million and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are up 50.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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.

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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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