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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 62 points (0.4%) at 17,114 as of Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,161 issues advancing vs. 822 declining with 149 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.5%. Top gainers within the Materials & Construction industry included Avalon Holdings ( AWX), up 7.7%, Comstock ( CHCI), up 4.5%, Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC), up 2.9%, Goldfield ( GV), up 1.9% and Sharps Compliance ( SMED), up 3.2%.

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 $0.14 (3.2%) to $4.55 on average volume. Throughout the day, 36,920 shares of Sharps Compliance exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 32,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.38-$4.55 after having opened the day at $4.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.41.

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 $66.4 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 6.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SMED go as follows:

  • SMED's revenue growth trails the industry average of 15.7%. 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.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Health Care Providers & Services industry average. The net income increased by 2.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$0.96 million to -$0.94 million.
  • 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.83 million or 59.88% 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: Sharps Compliance Ratings Report

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At the close, Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC) was up $0.04 (2.9%) to $1.42 on light volume. Throughout the day, 10,324 shares of Guanwei Recycling exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 60,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.38-$1.43 after having opened the day at $1.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.38.

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 $14.4 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 52.1% 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.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Guanwei Recycling 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, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on GPRC go as follows:

  • GUANWEI RECYCLING CORP 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, GUANWEI RECYCLING CORP reported lower earnings of $0.93 versus $1.13 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 68.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $2.37 million to $0.76 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. When compared to other companies in the Commercial Services & Supplies industry and the overall market, GUANWEI RECYCLING CORP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for GUANWEI RECYCLING CORP is rather low; currently it is at 16.86%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 6.41% trails that of the industry average.
  • In its most recent trading session, GPRC has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.

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

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Comstock ( CHCI) was another company that pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today. Comstock was up $0.05 (4.5%) to $1.15 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 68,815 shares of Comstock exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 44,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.11-$1.19 after having opened the day at $1.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.10.

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 $21.4 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 43.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Comstock a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Comstock as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CHCI 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 Household Durables industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 318.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.72 million to -$1.58 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 10.87 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company.
  • 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 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.
  • The gross profit margin for COMSTOCK HOLDING COS INC is rather low; currently it is at 20.18%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -19.85% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$2.59 million or 163.52% 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: Comstock Ratings Report

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