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The Industrial Goods sector as a whole closed the day down 1.6% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.7%. Laggards within the Industrial Goods sector included Avalon Holdings ( AWX), down 6.5%, Taylor Devices ( TAYD), down 2.7%, China Ceramics ( CCCL), down 8.3%, Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), down 2.5% and NF Energy Saving ( NFEC), down 2.5%.

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

NF Energy Saving ( NFEC) is one of the companies that pushed the Industrial Goods sector lower today. NF Energy Saving was down $0.05 (2.5%) to $2.02 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,425 shares of NF Energy Saving exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 36,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.87-$2.10 after having opened the day at $1.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.07.

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 $12.0 million and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are up 32.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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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.
  • 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.
  • NFEC's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.28 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 0.76 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.

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

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At the close, Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC) was down $0.20 (2.5%) to $7.79 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 15,563 shares of Integrated Electrical Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $7.75-$7.98 after having opened the day at $7.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.99.

Integrated Electrical Services, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides communications, residential, commercial and industrial, and infrastructure solutions. Integrated Electrical Services has a market cap of $177.8 million and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are up 4.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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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 3.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 13.5%. 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 0.11 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, IESC has a quick ratio of 1.52, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. 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 17.08%. 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 2.41% trails the industry average.

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

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China Ceramics ( CCCL) was another company that pushed the Industrial Goods sector lower today. China Ceramics was down $0.10 (8.3%) to $1.10 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 77,800 shares of China Ceramics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 30,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.07-$1.24 after having opened the day at $1.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.20.

China Ceramics has a market cap of $23.1 million and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are up 39.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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