3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Industrial Goods Sector

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 140 points (0.8%) at 17,869 as of Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,747 issues advancing vs. 1,330 declining with 126 unchanged.

The Industrial Goods sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.1%. Top gainers within the Industrial Goods sector included Euro Tech Holdings ( CLWT), up 13.7%, Intelligent Systems ( INS), up 6.4%, Art's-Way Manufacturing ( ARTW), up 6.8%, China Ceramics ( CCCL), up 2.6% and American Electric Technologies ( AETI), up 4.4%.

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

American Electric Technologies ( AETI) is one of the companies that pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today. American Electric Technologies was up $0.17 (4.4%) to $4.05 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 28,658 shares of American Electric Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.82-$4.15 after having opened the day at $3.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.88.

American Electric Technologies, Inc. provides power delivery solutions to the energy industry in the United States and internationally. American Electric Technologies has a market cap of $30.6 million and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are down 32.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate American Electric Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates American Electric Technologies as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on AETI go as follows:

  • AETI's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.02 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 1.13, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 141.01% to $0.92 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, AMERICAN ELECTRIC TECH INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -44.87%.
  • AETI, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 10.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 12.0%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 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 Electrical Equipment industry and the overall market, AMERICAN ELECTRIC TECH INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for AMERICAN ELECTRIC TECH INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 7.65%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -14.02% is significantly below that of the industry average.

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

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At the close, China Ceramics ( CCCL) was up $0.02 (2.6%) to $0.88 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,612 shares of China Ceramics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 33,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.85-$0.88 after having opened the day at $0.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.86.

China Ceramics has a market cap of $17.8 million and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are up 7.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Art's-Way Manufacturing ( ARTW) was another company that pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today. Art's-Way Manufacturing was up $0.31 (6.8%) to $4.82 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,480 shares of Art's-Way Manufacturing exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.60-$4.83 after having opened the day at $4.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.51.

Art's-Way Manufacturing Co., Inc. manufactures and sells agricultural equipment, specialized modular science buildings, pressurized steel vessels, and steel cutting tools worldwide. Art's-Way Manufacturing has a market cap of $19.4 million and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are down 7.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Art's-Way Manufacturing a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Art's-Way Manufacturing as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ARTW go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 1.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 23.1%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Machinery industry. The net income increased by 100.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.19 million to $0.38 million.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.51, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Despite the fact that ARTW's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.55, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.
  • ARTW has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 19.29% from its price level of one year ago. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry.
  • 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. In comparison to the other companies in the Machinery industry and the overall market, ARTS WAY MFG INC's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Art's-Way Manufacturing Ratings Report

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