All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 242 points (1.4%) at 17,615 as of Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,351 issues advancing vs. 737 declining with 111 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry as a whole closed the day up 2.0% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.3%. Top gainers within the Materials & Construction industry included India Globalization Capital ( IGC), up 33.3%, Skyline ( SKY), up 2.1%, China Ceramics ( CCCL), up 4.2%, Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), up 9.0% and Goldfield ( GV), up 5.8%.

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

Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC) is one of the companies that pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today. Integrated Electrical Services was up $0.61 (9.0%) to $7.37 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,651 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 $6.73-$7.37 after having opened the day at $6.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.76.

Integrated Electrical Services, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides communications, residential, commercial and industrial, and infrastructure solutions. Integrated Electrical Services has a market cap of $142.0 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 11.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 4.9%. 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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At the close, China Ceramics ( CCCL) was up $0.04 (4.2%) to $0.99 on light volume. Throughout the day, 12,271 shares of China Ceramics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 40,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.96-$1.00 after having opened the day at $0.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.95.

China Ceramics has a market cap of $20.6 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 17.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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India Globalization Capital ( IGC) was another company that pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today. India Globalization Capital was up $0.06 (33.3%) to $0.26 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 96,431 shares of India Globalization Capital exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 29,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.16-$0.26 after having opened the day at $0.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.19.

India Globalization Capital, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in trading electronics; and the rental of heavy equipment in Hong Kong and India. India Globalization Capital has a market cap of $3.6 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 71.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate India Globalization Capital a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on IGC go as follows:

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and greatly underperformed compared to the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry average. The net income has significantly decreased by 31.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.46 million to -$1.92 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, INDIA GLOBALIZATION CAPITAL's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for INDIA GLOBALIZATION CAPITAL is currently extremely low, coming in at 5.41%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -85.01% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • IGC'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 70.74%, 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.
  • IGC's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.22 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 0.74 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: India Globalization Capital Ratings Report

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