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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 60.59 points (-0.3%) at 17,824 as of Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,145 issues advancing vs. 1,963 declining with 115 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.3%. Top gainers within the Materials & Construction industry included Jewett-Cameron Trading ( JCTCF), up 3.7%, Comstock ( CHCI), up 3.1%, Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), up 7.0%, Perma-Fix Environmental Services ( PESI), up 3.4% and China Recycling Energy ( CREG), up 3.5%.

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

Perma-Fix Environmental Services ( PESI) is one of the companies that pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today. Perma-Fix Environmental Services was up $0.14 (3.4%) to $4.22 on average volume. Throughout the day, 28,384 shares of Perma-Fix Environmental Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 24,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.07-$4.27 after having opened the day at $4.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.08.

Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an environmental and technology know-how company in the United States. It operates through two segments, Treatment and Services. Perma-Fix Environmental Services has a market cap of $47.6 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 6.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Perma-Fix Environmental Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Perma-Fix Environmental Services as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been an overall disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PESI go as follows:

  • 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 Commercial Services & Supplies industry and the overall market, PERMA-FIX ENVIRONMENTAL SVCS's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • PESI, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 8.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 11.4%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • PESI's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.27 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.82 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • PERMA-FIX ENVIRONMENTAL SVCS 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, PERMA-FIX ENVIRONMENTAL SVCS reported poor results of -$3.03 versus -$0.30 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.16 versus -$3.03).
  • 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 331.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$0.81 million to $1.87 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Perma-Fix Environmental Services Ratings Report

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At the close, Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC) was up $0.51 (7.0%) to $7.76 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 19,147 shares of Integrated Electrical Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $7.23-$7.89 after having opened the day at $7.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.25.

Integrated Electrical Services, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides communications, residential, commercial and industrial, and infrastructure solutions. Integrated Electrical Services has a market cap of $152.3 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 8.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on IESC go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 9.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.8%. 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 0.12 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 1.46, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. When compared to other companies in the Construction & Engineering industry and the overall market, INTEGRATED ELECTRICAL SVCS's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for INTEGRATED ELECTRICAL SVCS is rather low; currently it is at 16.82%. Regardless of IESC'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 1.56% trails the industry average.

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

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Comstock ( CHCI) was another company that pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today. Comstock was up $0.03 (3.1%) to $0.99 on light volume. Throughout the day, 13,861 shares of Comstock exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 45,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.99-$1.02 after having opened the day at $1.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.96.

Comstock Holding Companies, Inc. operates as a real estate development and construction services company in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Homebuilding, Multi-family, and Real Estate Services. Comstock has a market cap of $18.9 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 2.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Comstock a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Comstock as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CHCI go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 28.20 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company.
  • 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 Household Durables industry and the overall market, COMSTOCK HOLDING COS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for COMSTOCK HOLDING COS INC is rather low; currently it is at 17.78%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -0.86% trails that of the industry average.
  • CHCI'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 46.12%, 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.
  • COMSTOCK HOLDING COS 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, COMSTOCK HOLDING COS INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.10 versus -$0.47 in the prior year.

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

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