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The Materials & Construction industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which was unchanged. Laggards within the Materials & Construction industry included Tecnoglass ( TGLS), down 4.8%, Ecology and Environment ( EEI), down 5.1%, Pure Cycle ( PCYO), down 5.8%, MagneGas ( MNGA), down 3.4% and New Home Company ( NWHM), down 2.0%.

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

MagneGas ( MNGA) is one of the companies that pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today. MagneGas was down $0.03 (3.4%) to $0.81 on light volume. Throughout the day, 152,554 shares of MagneGas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 594,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.80-$0.85 after having opened the day at $0.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.84.

MagneGas has a market cap of $31.1 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 90.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates MagneGas a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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At the close, Pure Cycle ( PCYO) was down $0.32 (5.8%) to $5.20 on light volume. Throughout the day, 18,768 shares of Pure Cycle exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 44,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $5.20-$5.49 after having opened the day at $5.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.52.

Pure Cycle Corporation designs, constructs, operates, and maintains water and wastewater systems in the Denver metropolitan area, the United States. Pure Cycle has a market cap of $131.0 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 13.9% 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 8.8%. 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 19.28% 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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Ecology and Environment ( EEI) was another company that pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today. Ecology and Environment was down $0.47 (5.1%) to $8.80 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 11,554 shares of Ecology and Environment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $8.45-$9.14 after having opened the day at $9.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.27.

Ecology and Environment, Inc., an environmental consulting firm, provides professional services to the government and private sectors worldwide. Ecology and Environment has a market cap of $24.6 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 15.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ecology and Environment as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on EEI go as follows:

  • EEI has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 12.48% 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.
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Commercial Services & Supplies industry and the overall market, ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 42.59% is the gross profit margin for ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT 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 -1.98% trails the industry average.
  • ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT INC 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. During the past fiscal year, ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.32 versus -$0.49 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 Commercial Services & Supplies industry. The net income increased by 82.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$3.84 million to -$0.66 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Ecology and Environment Ratings Report

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