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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 323 points (1.8%) at 17,908 as of Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,416 issues advancing vs. 715 declining with 85 unchanged.

The Industrial Goods sector as a whole closed the day up 1.5% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.8%. Top gainers within the Industrial Goods sector included LGL Group ( LGL), up 3.0%, LightPath Technologies ( LPTH), up 10.1%, TAT Technologies ( TATT), up 4.1%, NF Energy Saving ( NFEC), up 3.6% and Taylor Devices ( TAYD), up 6.5%.

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

NF Energy Saving ( NFEC) is one of the companies that pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today. NF Energy Saving was up $0.06 (3.6%) to $1.63 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,086 shares of NF Energy Saving exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.59-$1.67 after having opened the day at $1.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.57.

NF Energy Saving Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the production of heavy industrial components and products in the People's Republic of China. It operates through two segments, Heavy Manufacturing Business and Energy-saving Related Business. NF Energy Saving has a market cap of $8.9 million and is part of the aerospace/defense industry. Shares are down 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate NF Energy Saving a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates NF Energy Saving as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on NFEC go as follows:

  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Machinery industry and the overall market, NF ENERGY SAVING CORP'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 -$0.84 million or 737.40% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • This stock's share value has moved by only 7.15% over the past year. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • NF ENERGY SAVING CORP has shown improvement in its earnings for its most recently reported quarter when compared with the same quarter a year earlier. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, NF ENERGY SAVING CORP swung to a loss, reporting -$0.03 versus $0.01 in the prior year.
  • 37.16% is the gross profit margin for NF ENERGY SAVING CORP which we consider to be strong. Regardless of NFEC's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, NFEC's net profit margin of 11.10% compares favorably to the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: NF Energy Saving Ratings Report

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At the close, LightPath Technologies ( LPTH) was up $0.11 (10.1%) to $1.20 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 64,136 shares of LightPath Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.01-$1.22 after having opened the day at $1.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.09.

LightPath Technologies, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes optical components and assemblies. LightPath Technologies has a market cap of $14.3 million and is part of the aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 19.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 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 and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LPTH go as follows:

  • LIGHTPATH TECHNOLOGIES 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, LIGHTPATH TECHNOLOGIES INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.02 versus $0.02 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 100.0% in earnings (-$0.04 versus -$0.02).
  • 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 Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 623.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.08 million to -$0.58 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 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.10 million or 139.84% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • 42.53% is the gross profit margin for LIGHTPATH TECHNOLOGIES INC which we consider to be strong. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, LPTH's net profit margin of -22.24% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

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

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LGL Group ( LGL) was another company that pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today. LGL Group was up $0.11 (3.0%) to $3.78 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5,345 shares of LGL Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.54-$3.88 after having opened the day at $3.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.67.

The LGL Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and markets standard and custom-engineered electronic components in the United States and internationally. LGL Group has a market cap of $9.8 million and is part of the aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate LGL Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LGL Group as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LGL go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.52 million or 316.73% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • LGL's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 37.86%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last 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.
  • 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 Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry and the overall market, LGL GROUP INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • LGL GROUP INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, LGL GROUP INC reported poor results of -$3.16 versus -$0.51 in the prior year.
  • LGL, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 2.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 8.5%. 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: LGL Group Ratings Report

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