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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 Materials & Construction industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.7%. Top gainers within the Materials & Construction industry included Comstock ( CHCI), up 2.4%, Avalon Holdings ( AWX), up 2.5%, Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), up 1.7%, James Hardie Industries ( JHX), up 1.8% and Vertex Energy ( VTNR), up 3.7%.

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

James Hardie Industries ( JHX) is one of the companies that pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today. James Hardie Industries was up $1.24 (1.8%) to $69.52 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,441 shares of James Hardie Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $69.17-$69.59 after having opened the day at $69.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.28.

James Hardie Industries has a market cap of $6.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 25.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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At the close, Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC) was up $0.11 (1.7%) to $6.71 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,704 shares of Integrated Electrical Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $6.32-$6.79 after having opened the day at $6.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.60.

Integrated Electrical Services, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides communications, residential, commercial and industrial, and infrastructure solutions. Integrated Electrical Services has a market cap of $143.9 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 13.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on IESC go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 5.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 11.2%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving 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. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.48, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Construction & Engineering industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, INTEGRATED ELECTRICAL SVCS has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for INTEGRATED ELECTRICAL SVCS is rather low; currently it is at 16.67%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.35% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $4.60 million or 3.58% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

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 $0.01 (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 industrial goods sector. 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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