3 Stocks Raising The Materials & Construction Industry Higher

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 55 points (0.3%) at 16,707 as of Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,989 issues advancing vs. 996 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.4%. Top gainers within the Materials & Construction industry included Jewett-Cameron Trading ( JCTCF), up 10.7%, Goldfield ( GV), up 15.5%, India Globalization Capital ( IGC), up 7.2%, MagneGas ( MNGA), up 2.6% and Great Lakes Dredge & Dock ( GLDD), up 2.2%.

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

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock ( GLDD) is one of the companies that pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock was up $0.16 (2.2%) to $7.42 on light volume. Throughout the day, 158,579 shares of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 251,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $7.25-$7.45 after having opened the day at $7.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.26.

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation provides dredging services in the United States and internationally. It operates in two segments, Dredging and Environmental & Remediation. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock has a market cap of $435.9 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 21.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Great Lakes Dredge & Dock a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Great Lakes Dredge & Dock as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on GLDD go as follows:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 13.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 25.5%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displaying stagnant earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Construction & Engineering industry. The net income increased by 94.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$25.24 million to -$1.44 million.
  • In its most recent trading session, GLDD 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. Looking ahead, we do not see anything in this company's numbers that would change the one-year trend. It was down over the last twelve months; and it could be down again in the next twelve. Naturally, a bull or bear market could sway the movement of this stock.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.21 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Ratings Report

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