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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 188 points (1.1%) at 17,006 as of Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,601 issues advancing vs. 503 declining with 115 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry as a whole closed the day up 1.6% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.2%. Top gainers within the Materials & Construction industry included China Ceramics ( CCCL), up 5.5%, Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), up 2.4%, Pure Cycle ( PCYO), up 1.8%, Cementos Pacasmayo SAA ADR ( CPAC), up 2.0% and UCP ( UCP), up 3.7%.

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

Pure Cycle ( PCYO) is one of the companies that pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today. Pure Cycle was up $0.11 (1.8%) to $6.10 on average volume. Throughout the day, 31,662 shares of Pure Cycle exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 39,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $6.02-$6.11 after having opened the day at $6.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.99.

Pure Cycle Corporation designs, constructs, operates, and maintains water and wastewater systems in the Denver metropolitan area. Pure Cycle has a market cap of $146.6 million and is part of the utilities sector. Shares are down 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Pure Cycle a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Pure Cycle 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PCYO go as follows:

  • PCYO's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 7.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 64.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • PCYO's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.05 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.48, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for PURE CYCLE CORP is currently very high, coming in at 79.82%. 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 -56.25% is in-line with the industry average.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Water Utilities industry and the overall market, PURE CYCLE CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • PCYO has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 9.26% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Pure Cycle Ratings Report

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At the close, Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC) was up $0.18 (2.4%) to $7.75 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,613 shares of Integrated Electrical Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $7.64-$7.75 after having opened the day at $7.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.57.

Integrated Electrical Services, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides communications, residential, commercial and industrial, and infrastructure solutions in the United States. Integrated Electrical Services has a market cap of $165.4 million and is part of the utilities sector. Shares are up 41.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Integrated Electrical Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Integrated Electrical Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on IESC go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 11.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 12.0%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • IESC's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.17 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 1.19, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • INTEGRATED ELECTRICAL SVCS reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, INTEGRATED ELECTRICAL SVCS continued to lose money by earning -$0.14 versus -$0.18 in the prior year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Construction & Engineering industry. The net income increased by 334.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$1.14 million to $2.67 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $3.13 million or 21.03% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -12.71%.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Integrated Electrical Services Ratings Report

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China Ceramics ( CCCL) was another company that pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today. China Ceramics was up $0.04 (5.5%) to $0.86 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 139,805 shares of China Ceramics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 91,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.75-$0.94 after having opened the day at $0.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.82.

China Ceramics has a market cap of $17.6 million and is part of the utilities sector. Shares are down 64.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.