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The Industrial Goods sector as a whole closed the day down 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.7%. Laggards within the Industrial Goods sector included Avalon Holdings ( AWX), down 1.6%, LGL Group ( LGL), down 1.6%, Tecnoglass ( TGLS), down 1.8%, WSI Industries ( WSCI), down 5.7% and Comstock ( CHCI), down 8.3%.

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

Royal Philips ( PHG) is one of the companies that pushed the Industrial Goods sector lower today. Royal Philips was down $1.06 (3.9%) to $26.36 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,701,598 shares of Royal Philips exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 675,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $26.34-$26.74 after having opened the day at $26.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.42.

Koninklijke Philips N.V. is engaged in healthcare, consumer lifestyle, and lighting businesses worldwide. Royal Philips has a market cap of $25.3 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are down 25.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Royal Philips a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Philips as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PHG go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $465.56 million or 21.18% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS NV has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -58.35%.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.39, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.75 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • 37.17% is the gross profit margin for KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS NV which we consider to be strong. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, PHG's net profit margin of -2.90% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • PHG, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 2.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 27.4%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. In comparison to the other companies in the Industrial Conglomerates industry and the overall market, KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS NV's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.

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

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At the close, Comstock ( CHCI) was down $0.08 (8.3%) to $0.91 on average volume. Throughout the day, 73,163 shares of Comstock exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 50,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.88-$0.98 after having opened the day at $0.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.99.

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 $18.8 million and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are down 50.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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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 50.28%, 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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LGL Group ( LGL) was another company that pushed the Industrial Goods sector lower today. LGL Group was down $0.06 (1.6%) to $3.73 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,700 shares of LGL Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.66-$3.78 after having opened the day at $3.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.79.

The LGL Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and markets standard and custom-engineered electronic components in the United States and internationally. LGL Group has a market cap of $10.3 million and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are down 29.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates LGL Group 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 generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LGL go as follows:

  • 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 Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry and the overall market, LGL GROUP INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for LGL GROUP INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 27.40%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -21.69% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.04 million or 108.23% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • LGL's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 37.40%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last 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.
  • LGL GROUP INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, LGL GROUP INC reported poor results of -$3.16 versus -$0.51 in the prior year.

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