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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 173.45 points (-1.1%) at 16,142 as of Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,470 issues advancing vs. 1,677 declining with 92 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.8%. Top gainers within the Materials & Construction industry included India Globalization Capital ( IGC), up 5.8%, Skyline ( SKY), up 2.8%, TRC Companies ( TRR), up 4.3%, Goldfield ( GV), up 8.3% and UCP ( UCP), up 2.4%.

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

UCP ( UCP) is one of the companies that pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today. UCP was up $0.28 (2.4%) to $12.21 on average volume. Throughout the day, 37,785 shares of UCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 33,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $11.76-$12.31 after having opened the day at $11.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.93.

UCP, Inc. operates as a homebuilder and land developer in California and Washington, the United States. The company operates in two segments, Homebuilding and Land Development. It designs, constructs, and sells single-family homes under the Benchmark Communities brand name. UCP has a market cap of $93.2 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 18.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate UCP a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates UCP as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on UCP go as follows:

  • UCP's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 5.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 129.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.52, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels.
  • Compared to other companies in the Household Durables industry and the overall market, UCP INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for UCP INC is rather low; currently it is at 18.80%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 0.28% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$9.47 million or 409.41% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

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

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At the close, TRC Companies ( TRR) was up $0.29 (4.3%) to $6.97 on light volume. Throughout the day, 14,955 shares of TRC Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 20,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $6.57-$6.97 after having opened the day at $6.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.68.

TRC Companies, Inc. provides engineering, consulting, and construction management services in the United States. TRC Companies has a market cap of $201.1 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 6.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate TRC Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates TRC Companies as a buy. 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, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on TRR go as follows:

  • TRR's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 4.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.6%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • TRR's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.01 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.48, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 66.06% to $18.21 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, TRC COS INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -4.19%.
  • The share price of TRC COS INC has not done very well: it is down 12.27% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. Looking ahead, although the push and pull of the overall market trend could certainly make a critical difference, we do not see any strong reason stemming from the company's fundamentals that would cause a continuation of last year's decline. In fact, the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings.

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

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India Globalization Capital ( IGC) was another company that pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today. India Globalization Capital was up $0.04 (5.8%) to $0.64 on light volume. Throughout the day, 27,631 shares of India Globalization Capital exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 173,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.55-$0.64 after having opened the day at $0.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.60.

India Globalization Capital has a market cap of $7.8 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 40.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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