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One out of the three major indices traded up today Two out of the three major indices traded up today The three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 30.21 points (-0.2%) at 16,882 as of Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,028 issues advancing vs. 1,986 declining with 144 unchanged.

The Industrial industry as a whole was unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.1%. Top gainers within the Industrial industry included Intelligent Systems ( INS), up 16.8%, Ultralife Batteries ( ULBI), up 1.9%, THT Heat Transfer Technology ( THTI), up 3.4%, Gencor Industries ( GENC), up 1.6% and Ideal Power ( IPWR), up 14.2%.

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

Gencor Industries ( GENC) is one of the companies that pushed the Industrial industry higher today. Gencor Industries was up $0.18 (1.6%) to $11.18 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,422 shares of Gencor Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $11.00-$11.20 after having opened the day at $11.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.00.

Gencor Industries, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and sells heavy machinery used in the production of highway construction materials, synthetic fuels, and environmental control equipment. Gencor Industries has a market cap of $89.5 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 17.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Gencor Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Gencor Industries as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on GENC go as follows:

  • GENC 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 17.44, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, GENC's share price has jumped by 43.49%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Turning to the future, naturally, any stock can fall in a major bear market. However, in almost any other environment, the stock should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed nice gains in the past year.
  • GENC, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 4.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 18.0%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. In comparison to the other companies in the Machinery industry and the overall market, GENCOR INDUSTRIES INC's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • GENCOR INDUSTRIES INC's earnings per share declined by 35.5% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, GENCOR INDUSTRIES INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.71 versus $0.47 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 32.4% in earnings ($0.48 versus $0.71).

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

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At the close, THT Heat Transfer Technology ( THTI) was up $0.04 (3.4%) to $1.27 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,885 shares of THT Heat Transfer Technology exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 56,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.27-$1.30 after having opened the day at $1.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.23.

THT Heat Transfer Technology, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and trades in plate heat exchangers and various related products in the People's Republic of China. THT Heat Transfer Technology has a market cap of $25.4 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 31.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate THT Heat Transfer Technology a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates THT Heat Transfer Technology as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on THTI go as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for THT HEAT TRANSFER TECH INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 33.56%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 5.80% trails that of the industry average.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. In comparison to the other companies in the Machinery industry and the overall market, THT HEAT TRANSFER TECH INC's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • THT HEAT TRANSFER TECH INC reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. Stable Earnings per share over the past year indicate the company has sound management over its earnings and share float. During the past fiscal year, THT HEAT TRANSFER TECH INC's EPS of $0.15 remained unchanged from the prior years' EPS of $0.15.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Machinery industry. The net income increased by 53.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.31 million to $0.48 million.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, THTI's share price has jumped by 26.76%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the future course of this stock, we feel that the risks involved in investing in THTI do not compensate for any future upside potential, despite the fact that it has seen nice gains over the past 12 months.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: THT Heat Transfer Technology Ratings Report

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Ultralife Batteries ( ULBI) was another company that pushed the Industrial industry higher today. Ultralife Batteries was up $0.07 (1.9%) to $3.84 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,153 shares of Ultralife Batteries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.68-$3.84 after having opened the day at $3.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.77.

Ultralife Corporation offers power and communications solutions in the United States and internationally. It operates through two segments, Battery & Energy Products and Communications Systems. Ultralife Batteries has a market cap of $64.1 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 6.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Ultralife Batteries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ultralife Batteries 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 ULBI 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 Electrical Equipment industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 396.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.43 million to -$1.29 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Electrical Equipment industry and the overall market, ULTRALIFE CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for ULTRALIFE CORP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 32.72%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -8.41% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • ULTRALIFE 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. Stable Earnings per share over the past year indicate the company has sound management over its earnings and share float. During the past fiscal year, ULTRALIFE CORP's EPS of -$0.05 remained unchanged from the prior years' EPS of -$0.05.
  • In its most recent trading session, ULBI 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. Regardless of the rise in share value over the previous year, we feel that the risks involved in investing in this stock do not compensate for any future upside potential.

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

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