3 Stocks Advancing The Industrial Goods Sector

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 121 points (0.7%) at 17,751 as of Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,248 issues advancing vs. 830 declining with 135 unchanged.

The Industrial Goods sector as a whole closed the day up 1.1% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.7%. Top gainers within the Industrial Goods sector included Asia Pacific Wire & Cable ( APWC), up 13.4%, Comstock ( CHCI), up 2.4%, Compx International ( CIX), up 1.7%, Chicago Rivet & Machine ( CVR), up 1.9% and Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), up 2.8%.

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

Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN) is one of the companies that pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today. Intellicheck Mobilisa was up $0.03 (2.8%) to $0.98 on light volume. Throughout the day, 22,479 shares of Intellicheck Mobilisa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 37,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.93-$0.99 after having opened the day at $0.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.95.

Intellicheck Mobilisa, Inc. develops, integrates, and markets wireless technology and identity systems for mobile and handheld access control and security systems. Intellicheck Mobilisa has a market cap of $9.8 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 67.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Intellicheck Mobilisa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Intellicheck Mobilisa as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on IDN 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 Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 43.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.91 million to -$1.30 million.
  • 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 Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry and the overall market, INTELLICHECK MOBILISA INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • IDN'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 76.44%, 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.
  • IDN, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 1.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 9.6%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for INTELLICHECK MOBILISA INC is currently very high, coming in at 79.74%. Regardless of IDN's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, IDN's net profit margin of -131.91% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

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

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At the close, Compx International ( CIX) was up $0.20 (1.7%) to $11.70 on light volume. Throughout the day, 100 shares of Compx International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $11.70-$11.70 after having opened the day at $11.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.50.

CompX International Inc. engages in the manufacture and sale of security products and recreational marine components primarily in North America. The company operates through two segments, Security Products and Marine Components. Compx International has a market cap of $27.6 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 4.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Compx International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Compx International as a buy. 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, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CIX go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 3.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 8.2%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • CIX has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 5.13, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The stock has risen over the past year as investors have generally rewarded the company for its earnings growth and other positive factors like the ones we have cited in this report. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • COMPX INTERNATIONAL INC has improved earnings per share by 11.8% 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. During the past fiscal year, COMPX INTERNATIONAL INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.70 versus $0.49 in the prior year.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Commercial Services & Supplies industry average. The net income increased by 12.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $2.14 million to $2.41 million.

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

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Comstock ( CHCI) was another company that pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today. Comstock was up $0.01 (2.4%) to $0.43 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 33,989 shares of Comstock exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 21,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.40-$0.48 after having opened the day at $0.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.42.

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 $9.4 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 59.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CHCI go as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for COMSTOCK HOLDING COS INC is rather low; currently it is at 15.14%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -9.14% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to -$3.78 million or 45.69% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • 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 57.40%, 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.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Household Durables industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 40.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$1.58 million to -$0.94 million.
  • COMSTOCK HOLDING COS INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to 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, COMSTOCK HOLDING COS INC reported poor results of -$0.32 versus -$0.10 in the prior year.

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

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