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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 263 points (1.6%) at 16,380 as of Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,043 issues advancing vs. 1,068 declining with 100 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry as a whole closed the day up 1.4% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.3%. Top gainers within the Materials & Construction industry included Comstock ( CHCI), up 5.5%, Industrial Services of America ( IDSA), up 2.7%, James Hardie Industries ( JHX), up 2.8%, Cementos Pacasmayo SAA ADR ( CPAC), up 7.3% and Abengoa ( ABGB), up 10.3%.

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

James Hardie Industries ( JHX) is one of the companies that pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today. James Hardie Industries was up $1.39 (2.8%) to $51.60 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,907 shares of James Hardie Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $51.18-$51.62 after having opened the day at $51.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.21.

James Hardie Industries has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 12.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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At the close, Industrial Services of America ( IDSA) was up $0.15 (2.7%) to $5.80 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6,584 shares of Industrial Services of America exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.28-$5.81 after having opened the day at $5.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.64.

Industrial Services of America, Inc. operates as a recycler of stainless steel, ferrous, and non-ferrous scrap. The company operates in two segments, Recycling and Waste Services. Industrial Services of America has a market cap of $43.0 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 78.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Industrial Services of America a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Industrial Services of America as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on IDSA 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, INDUSTRIAL SERVICES AMER INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$4.11 million or 2062.63% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • The gross profit margin for INDUSTRIAL SERVICES AMER INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 8.03%. Regardless of IDSA's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, IDSA's net profit margin of -2.23% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • 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 48.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$1.24 million to -$0.64 million.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 4.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 28.6%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Industrial Services of America Ratings Report

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Comstock ( CHCI) was another company that pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today. Comstock was up $0.05 (5.5%) to $0.96 on light volume. Throughout the day, 31,598 shares of Comstock exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 51,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.92-$0.97 after having opened the day at $0.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.91.

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 $16.2 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 54.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Comstock a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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 41.77%, 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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