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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 13.23 points (-0.1%) at 17,602 as of Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, 3:25 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,590 issues advancing vs. 1,414 declining with 161 unchanged.

The Automotive industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.1%. Top gainers within the Automotive industry included Spartan Motors ( SPAR), up 1.9%, Accuride ( ACW), up 2.8%, Fuel Systems Solutions ( FSYS), up 3.9%, Fox Factory ( FOXF), up 2.2% and Federal-Mogul Holdings ( FDML), up 1.5%.

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

Fuel Systems Solutions ( FSYS) is one of the companies that pushed the Automotive industry higher today. Fuel Systems Solutions was up $0.36 (3.9%) to $9.70 on light volume. Throughout the day, 110,059 shares of Fuel Systems Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 163,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $9.30-$9.90 after having opened the day at $9.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.34.

Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. designs, manufactures, and supplies alternative fuel components and systems for use in the transportation, industrial, and power generation industries worldwide. The company operates through two segments, FSS Automotive and FSS Industrial. Fuel Systems Solutions has a market cap of $184.8 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 33.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Fuel Systems Solutions a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Fuel Systems Solutions as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on FSYS 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 Auto Components industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 1812.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $2.58 million to -$44.19 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 Auto Components industry and the overall market, FUEL SYSTEMS SOLUTIONS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for FUEL SYSTEMS SOLUTIONS INC is rather low; currently it is at 24.30%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -50.56% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$5.81 million or 246.39% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 44.27%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 1792.30% 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: Fuel Systems Solutions Ratings Report

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At the close, Accuride ( ACW) was up $0.14 (2.8%) to $4.88 on light volume. Throughout the day, 100,100 shares of Accuride exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 179,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.69-$4.90 after having opened the day at $4.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.75.

Accuride Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and distributes commercial vehicle components in North America. Its products include commercial vehicle wheels, wheel-end components and assemblies, and ductile and gray iron castings. Accuride has a market cap of $231.4 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 27.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Accuride a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Accuride as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins and generally high debt management risk.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ACW go as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for ACCURIDE CORP is currently extremely low, coming in at 10.82%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 0.59% trails that of the industry average.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 4.93 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio is weak, ACW's quick ratio is somewhat strong at 1.02, demonstrating the ability to handle short-term liquidity needs.
  • 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. In comparison to the other companies in the Machinery industry and the overall market, ACCURIDE CORP's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • This stock has increased by 54.03% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Looking ahead, however, we cannot assume that the stock's past performance is going to drive future results. Quite to the contrary, its sharp appreciation over the last year is one of the factors that should prompt investors to seek better opportunities elsewhere.
  • ACCURIDE CORP 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 year. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, ACCURIDE CORP continued to lose money by earning -$0.56 versus -$3.65 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.02 versus -$0.56).

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

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Spartan Motors ( SPAR) was another company that pushed the Automotive industry higher today. Spartan Motors was up $0.10 (1.9%) to $5.46 on light volume. Throughout the day, 7,922 shares of Spartan Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 77,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.27-$5.47 after having opened the day at $5.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.36.

Spartan Motors, Inc, through its subsidiaries, engineers, manufactures, and sells heavy-duty and custom vehicles in the United States, Canada, South America, and Asia. Spartan Motors has a market cap of $187.8 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 20.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Spartan Motors a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Spartan Motors as a hold. 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 and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SPAR go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 2.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 14.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • SPAR's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.03 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 1.28, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • SPARTAN MOTORS 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, SPARTAN MOTORS INC reported poor results of -$0.18 versus -$0.07 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.00 versus -$0.18).
  • The gross profit margin for SPARTAN MOTORS INC is rather low; currently it is at 15.44%. Regardless of SPAR's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 2.21% trails the industry average.
  • SPAR has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 12.17% 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: Spartan Motors Ratings Report

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