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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 29.64 points (-0.2%) at 18,195 as of Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, 3:25 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,400 issues advancing vs. 1,601 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Industrial industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.4%. Top gainers within the Industrial industry included Cleantech Solutions International ( CLNT), up 2.0%, China Recycling Energy ( CREG), up 1.7%, China BAK Battery ( CBAK), up 7.7%, MFRI ( MFRI), up 6.9% and Broadwind Energy ( BWEN), up 6.3%.

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

MFRI ( MFRI) is one of the companies that pushed the Industrial industry higher today. MFRI was up $0.42 (6.9%) to $6.60 on average volume. Throughout the day, 27,134 shares of MFRI exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 20,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $6.18-$6.60 after having opened the day at $6.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.18.

MFRI, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells piping systems and filtration products. The company's Piping Systems segment engineers, designs, manufactures, and sells specialty piping leak detection and location systems. MFRI has a market cap of $46.8 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 11.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate MFRI a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates MFRI 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, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on MFRI go as follows:

  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.38, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.40, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • MFRI 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. 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, MFRI INC turned its bottom line around by earning $1.80 versus -$3.00 in the prior year.
  • 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 Machinery industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 105.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $7.39 million to -$0.37 million.
  • The gross profit margin for MFRI INC is rather low; currently it is at 18.53%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -0.84% trails that of the industry average.

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

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At the close, China BAK Battery ( CBAK) was up $0.20 (7.7%) to $2.74 on average volume. Throughout the day, 48,520 shares of China BAK Battery exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 44,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.53-$2.74 after having opened the day at $2.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.54.

China BAK Battery has a market cap of $31.0 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 33.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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China Recycling Energy ( CREG) was another company that pushed the Industrial industry higher today. China Recycling Energy was up $0.02 (1.7%) to $0.89 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 460,263 shares of China Recycling Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 111,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.88-$0.97 after having opened the day at $0.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.87.

China Recycling Energy Corporation is engaged in the recycling energy business primarily in the People's Republic of China. China Recycling Energy has a market cap of $59.1 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 16.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate China Recycling Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates China Recycling Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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 CREG go as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for CHINA RECYCLING ENERGY CORP is currently very high, coming in at 88.35%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 65.18% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.70, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.91 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • 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. In comparison to the other companies in the Commercial Services & Supplies industry and the overall market, CHINA RECYCLING ENERGY CORP's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • Looking at the price performance of CREG's shares over the past 12 months, there is not much good news to report: the stock is down 78.81%, and it has underformed the S&P 500 Index. In addition, the company's earnings per share are lower today than the year-earlier 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: China Recycling Energy Ratings Report

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