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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 153.49 points (-0.9%) at 16,461 as of Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, 4:35 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,410 issues advancing vs. 704 declining with 100 unchanged.

The Industrial industry as a whole closed the day up 1.5% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.7%. Top gainers within the Industrial industry included Euro Tech Holdings ( CLWT), up 2.4%, Art's-Way Manufacturing ( ARTW), up 3.7%, Omega Flex ( OFLX), up 6.8%, THT Heat Transfer Technology ( THTI), up 2.6% and Active Power ( ACPW), up 2.2%.

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

Active Power ( ACPW) is one of the companies that pushed the Industrial industry higher today. Active Power was up $0.04 (2.2%) to $1.85 on light volume. Throughout the day, 46,748 shares of Active Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 75,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.84-$1.94 after having opened the day at $1.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.81.

Active Power, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and sells flywheel-based uninterruptible power supply (UPS) products and modular infrastructure solutions. Active Power has a market cap of $42.3 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 45.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Active Power a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Active Power 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, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ACPW go as follows:

  • ACTIVE POWER 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. Earnings per share have declined over the last year. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ACTIVE POWER INC reported poor results of -$0.42 versus -$0.07 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 64.3% in earnings (-$0.69 versus -$0.42).
  • 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 Electrical Equipment industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 1429.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.33 million to -$4.41 million.
  • 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 Electrical Equipment industry and the overall market, ACTIVE POWER INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for ACTIVE POWER INC is rather low; currently it is at 21.87%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -43.46% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$2.32 million or 1085.20% 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: Active Power Ratings Report

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At the close, THT Heat Transfer Technology ( THTI) was up $0.04 (2.6%) to $1.38 on light volume. Throughout the day, 9,023 shares of THT Heat Transfer Technology exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 80,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.33-$1.42 after having opened the day at $1.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.34.

THT Heat Transfer Technology, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and trades in plate heat exchangers and various related products in the People's Republic of China. THT Heat Transfer Technology has a market cap of $27.6 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 42.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate THT Heat Transfer Technology a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates THT Heat Transfer Technology 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 solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on THTI go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 3.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 16.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • THTI's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.13 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 1.13, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • 39.56% is the gross profit margin for THT HEAT TRANSFER TECH INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 7.30% trails the industry average.
  • THT HEAT TRANSFER TECH INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Stable Earnings per share over the past year indicate the company has sound management over its earnings and share float. During the past fiscal year, THT HEAT TRANSFER TECH INC's EPS of $0.15 remained unchanged from the prior years' EPS of $0.15.
  • 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 Machinery industry and the overall market, THT HEAT TRANSFER TECH INC'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: THT Heat Transfer Technology Ratings Report

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Art's-Way Manufacturing ( ARTW) was another company that pushed the Industrial industry higher today. Art's-Way Manufacturing was up $0.19 (3.7%) to $5.30 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 88,110 shares of Art's-Way Manufacturing exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.10-$5.76 after having opened the day at $5.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.11.

Art's-Way Manufacturing Co., Inc. manufactures and sells agricultural equipment, specialized modular science buildings, pressurized steel vessels, and steel cutting tools in the United States and internationally. Art's-Way Manufacturing has a market cap of $21.4 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 13.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Art's-Way Manufacturing a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Art's-Way Manufacturing as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ARTW go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 3.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 23.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Machinery industry. The net income increased by 2046.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.03 million to $0.56 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.66, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Despite the fact that ARTW's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.60, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.
  • ARTW has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 12.50% from its price level of one year ago. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry.
  • 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 Machinery industry and the overall market, ARTS WAY MFG INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Art's-Way Manufacturing Ratings Report

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