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The Wholesale industry as a whole closed the day down 2.0% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.1%. Laggards within the Wholesale industry included Armco Metals Holdings ( AMCO), down 7.1%, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 7.7%, Bluelinx Holdings ( BXC), down 4.8%, Hudson Technologies ( HDSN), down 6.3% and Speed Commerce ( SPDC), down 3.1%.

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 $0.20 (6.3%) to $2.95 on average volume. Throughout the day, 93,311 shares of Hudson Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 76,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.93-$3.22 after having opened the day at $3.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.15.

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 $102.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 14.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 4.5%. 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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At the close, Bluelinx Holdings ( BXC) was down $0.06 (4.8%) to $1.20 on average volume. Throughout the day, 93,209 shares of Bluelinx Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 101,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.13-$1.23 after having opened the day at $1.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.26.

Bluelinx Holdings has a market cap of $113.7 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 35.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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China Auto Logistics ( CALI) was another company that pushed the Wholesale industry lower today. China Auto Logistics was down $0.09 (7.7%) to $1.08 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,625 shares of China Auto Logistics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.06-$1.19 after having opened the day at $1.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.17.

China Auto Logistics Inc. sells and trades in imported automobiles in the People's Republic of China. China Auto Logistics has a market cap of $4.6 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 67.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates China Auto Logistics 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, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CALI go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 3.51 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, CALI maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.72, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Specialty Retail industry and the overall market, CHINA AUTO LOGISTICS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for CHINA AUTO LOGISTICS INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 0.92%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -1.62% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$13.35 million or 621.85% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • CHINA AUTO LOGISTICS INC 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, CHINA AUTO LOGISTICS INC reported lower earnings of $0.16 versus $0.67 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: China Auto Logistics Ratings Report

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