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One out of the three major indices traded up today Two out of the three major indices traded up today The three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 13 points (0.1%) at 16,818 as of Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,318 issues advancing vs. 1,749 declining with 148 unchanged.

The Industrial Goods sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.2%. Top gainers within the Industrial Goods sector included Servotronics ( SVT), up 3.6%, Tecnoglass ( TGLS), up 2.1%, Comstock ( CHCI), up 3.6%, LightPath Technologies ( LPTH), up 1.8% and Industrial Services of America ( IDSA), up 5.0%.

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

Industrial Services of America ( IDSA) is one of the companies that pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today. Industrial Services of America was up $0.28 (5.0%) to $5.87 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,270 shares of Industrial Services of America exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.59-$5.89 after having opened the day at $5.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.59.

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 $46.7 million and is part of the aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 76.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 6.7%. 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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At the close, LightPath Technologies ( LPTH) was up $0.03 (1.8%) to $1.42 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,035 shares of LightPath Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 39,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.35-$1.42 after having opened the day at $1.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.39.

LightPath Technologies, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes optical components and assemblies. LightPath Technologies has a market cap of $20.4 million and is part of the aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 2.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates LightPath Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LPTH go as follows:

  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry. The net income increased by 142.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$0.24 million to $0.10 million.
  • LPTH's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.02 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, LPTH has a quick ratio of 1.56, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • LIGHTPATH TECHNOLOGIES INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, LIGHTPATH TECHNOLOGIES INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.02 versus $0.02 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.00 versus -$0.02).
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $0.04 million or 93.72% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • 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, LIGHTPATH TECHNOLOGIES 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: LightPath Technologies Ratings Report

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Comstock ( CHCI) was another company that pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today. Comstock was up $0.03 (3.6%) to $0.90 on light volume. Throughout the day, 15,523 shares of Comstock exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 51,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.90-$0.91 after having opened the day at $0.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.87.

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 $16.9 million and is part of the aerospace/defense industry. Shares are down 55.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 55.67%, 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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