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The Materials & Construction industry as a whole closed the day down 1.8% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.5%. Laggards within the Materials & Construction industry included Perma-Fix Environmental Services ( PESI), down 2.6%, Comstock ( CHCI), down 9.2%, Skyline ( SKY), down 1.8%, India Globalization Capital ( IGC), down 10.0% and James Hardie Industries ( JHX), down 2.7%.

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

India Globalization Capital ( IGC) is one of the companies that pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today. India Globalization Capital was down $0.07 (10.0%) to $0.66 on light volume. Throughout the day, 38,115 shares of India Globalization Capital exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 215,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.66-$0.71 after having opened the day at $0.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.73.

India Globalization Capital has a market cap of $8.9 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 31.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate India Globalization Capital a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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At the close, Comstock ( CHCI) was down $0.11 (9.2%) to $1.09 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 124,752 shares of Comstock exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 45,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.05-$1.22 after having opened the day at $1.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.20.

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 $22.4 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 40.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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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 generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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 98.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.84 million to -$1.66 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 28.16 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 19.12%. Regardless of CHCI's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, CHCI's net profit margin of -14.10% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 36.07%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 100.00% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.

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

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Perma-Fix Environmental Services ( PESI) was another company that pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today. Perma-Fix Environmental Services was down $0.10 (2.6%) to $3.70 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 119,752 shares of Perma-Fix Environmental Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.65-$3.80 after having opened the day at $3.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.80.

Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an environmental and technology know-how company in the United States. It operates through two segments, Treatment and Services. Perma-Fix Environmental Services has a market cap of $44.1 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 22.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Perma-Fix Environmental Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Perma-Fix Environmental Services as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PESI go as follows:

  • 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, PERMA-FIX ENVIRONMENTAL SVCS's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for PERMA-FIX ENVIRONMENTAL SVCS is rather low; currently it is at 19.90%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 0.08% significantly trails the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$4.38 million or 187.13% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • PERMA-FIX ENVIRONMENTAL SVCS 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. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, PERMA-FIX ENVIRONMENTAL SVCS reported poor results of -$3.03 versus -$0.30 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.46 versus -$3.03).
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Commercial Services & Supplies industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 101.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$0.88 million to $0.01 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Perma-Fix Environmental Services Ratings Report

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