3 Stocks Pushing The Wholesale Industry Lower

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The Wholesale industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.1%. Laggards within the Wholesale industry included Peerless Systems ( PRLS), down 2.1%, Huttig Building Products ( HBP), down 5.3%, Bluelinx Holdings ( BXC), down 2.3%, Hudson Technologies ( HDSN), down 1.9% and Amcon Distributing ( DIT), down 3.5%.

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

Hudson Technologies ( HDSN) is one of the companies that pushed the Wholesale industry lower today. Hudson Technologies was down $0.06 (1.9%) to $3.13 on light volume. Throughout the day, 43,630 shares of Hudson Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 71,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.12-$3.21 after having opened the day at $3.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.19.

Hudson Technologies, Inc. operates as a refrigerant services company that provides solutions to the refrigeration industry in the United States and internationally. Hudson Technologies has a market cap of $99.9 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 13.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Hudson Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Hudson Technologies 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 good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on HDSN go as follows:

  • HDSN's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 4.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.0%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displaying stagnant earnings per share.
  • HDSN's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.02 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, HDSN has a quick ratio of 1.93, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • HUDSON TECHNOLOGIES INC reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, HUDSON TECHNOLOGIES INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.24 versus $0.49 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.01 versus -$0.24).
  • 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, HUDSON TECHNOLOGIES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for HUDSON TECHNOLOGIES INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 14.28%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.82% significantly trails the industry average.

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

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