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The Materials & Construction industry as a whole closed the day down 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.7%. Laggards within the Materials & Construction industry included Avalon Holdings ( AWX), down 1.6%, Tecnoglass ( TGLS), down 1.8%, Comstock ( CHCI), down 8.3%, UCP ( UCP), down 2.6% and Abengoa ( ABGB), down 5.5%.

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

Abengoa ( ABGB) is one of the companies that pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today. Abengoa was down $1.20 (5.5%) to $20.66 on light volume. Throughout the day, 16,336 shares of Abengoa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $20.66-$21.08 after having opened the day at $20.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.86.

Abengoa has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 37.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Abengoa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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At the close, UCP ( UCP) was down $0.35 (2.6%) to $12.86 on light volume. Throughout the day, 13,075 shares of UCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 31,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $12.80-$13.26 after having opened the day at $13.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.21.

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 $102.0 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 9.8% 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 5.8%. 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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Comstock ( CHCI) was another company that pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today. Comstock 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 industrial goods sector. Shares are down 50.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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.

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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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