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The Materials & Construction industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.8%. Laggards within the Materials & Construction industry included MagneGas ( MNGA), down 8.2%, Real Goods Solar ( RGSE), down 3.5%, Goldfield ( GV), down 1.7%, Casella Waste Systems ( CWST), down 2.2% and Xinyuan Real Estate ( XIN), down 3.0%.

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

Casella Waste Systems ( CWST) is one of the companies that pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today. Casella Waste Systems was down $0.09 (2.2%) to $3.95 on light volume. Throughout the day, 71,169 shares of Casella Waste Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 134,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.91-$4.03 after having opened the day at $4.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.04.

Casella Waste Systems, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a regional, vertically-integrated solid waste, recycling, and resource management services company in the northeastern United States. Casella Waste Systems has a market cap of $155.0 million and is part of the utilities sector. Shares are unchanged year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Casella Waste Systems a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Casella Waste Systems as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CWST go as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for CASELLA WASTE SYS INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 33.28%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 0.18% trails that of the industry average.
  • CWST'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 29.61%, 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.
  • CASELLA WASTE SYS 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, CASELLA WASTE SYS INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.58 versus -$1.50 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.24 versus -$0.58).
  • 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 176.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$0.34 million to $0.26 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 8.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.8%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Casella Waste Systems Ratings Report

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At the close, Real Goods Solar ( RGSE) was down $0.02 (3.5%) to $0.56 on light volume. Throughout the day, 59,396 shares of Real Goods Solar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 451,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.55-$0.58 after having opened the day at $0.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.58.

Real Goods Solar, Inc. operates as a residential and commercial solar energy engineering, procurement, and construction company in the United States. It provides commercial and residential solar energy solutions. Real Goods Solar has a market cap of $27.3 million and is part of the utilities sector. Shares are up 19.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Real Goods Solar a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Real Goods Solar as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow, generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on RGSE 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 Electrical Equipment industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 126.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$2.09 million to -$4.75 million.
  • The gross profit margin for REAL GOODS SOLAR INC is rather low; currently it is at 16.90%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -25.13% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$6.64 million or 102.99% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • RGSE's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.68 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 0.38 is very low and demonstrates very weak liquidity.
  • RGSE'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 76.21%, 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.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Real Goods Solar Ratings Report

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MagneGas ( MNGA) was another company that pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today. MagneGas was down $0.04 (8.2%) to $0.44 on average volume. Throughout the day, 402,438 shares of MagneGas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 379,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.43-$0.48 after having opened the day at $0.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.47.

MagneGas has a market cap of $17.6 million and is part of the utilities sector. Shares are down 30.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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