The Industrial Goods sector as a whole closed the day down 1.9% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.7%. Laggards within the Industrial Goods sector included Micronet Enertec Technologies ( MICT), down 9.4%, Moog ( MOG.B), down 2.5%, NF Energy Saving ( NFEC), down 4.2%, American DG Energy ( ADGE), down 7.4% and Comstock ( CHCI), down 8.2%.

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

ABB ( ABB) is one of the companies that pushed the Industrial Goods sector lower today. ABB was down $0.30 (1.6%) to $18.99 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,626,753 shares of ABB exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,123,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $18.97-$19.42 after having opened the day at $19.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.29.

ABB Ltd provides power and automation technologies for utility and industrial customers worldwide. ABB has a market cap of $44.1 billion and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are down 8.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates ABB a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates ABB as a buy. 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 notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ABB go as follows:

  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.55, 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 1.01, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash 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. Compared to other companies in the Electrical Equipment industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, ABB LTD has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 14.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 10.1%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for ABB LTD is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 32.88%. Regardless of ABB'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 6.41% trails the industry average.

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

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At the close, Comstock ( CHCI) was down $0.05 (8.2%) to $0.56 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 34,551 shares of Comstock exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.56-$0.65 after having opened the day at $0.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.61.

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 $12.3 million and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are down 40.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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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. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 45.69%, COMSTOCK HOLDING COS INC is still significantly exceeding the industry average of -103.90%.
  • 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 61.43%, 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.
  • 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.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Household Durables industry average. 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.

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

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NF Energy Saving ( NFEC) was another company that pushed the Industrial Goods sector lower today. NF Energy Saving was down $0.05 (4.2%) to $1.11 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,295 shares of NF Energy Saving exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.06-$1.11 after having opened the day at $1.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.16.

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 $8.2 million and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are down 27.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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, weak operating cash flow, feeble growth in its earnings per share and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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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 -$0.87 million or 66.47% 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 reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, NF ENERGY SAVING CORP reported poor results of -$0.11 versus -$0.03 in the prior year.
  • NFEC'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 48.55%, which is also worse than the performance of the S&P 500 Index. 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.
  • NFEC, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 15.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 32.5%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to not be hurting the bottom line, shown by stable earnings per share.

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

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