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TheStreet Ratings Top 10 Rating Changes

NEW YORK (TheStreet Ratings) -- Every trading day TheStreet Ratings' stock model reviews the investment ratings on around 4,700 U.S. traded stocks for potential upgrades or downgrades based on the latest available financial results and trading activity.

TheStreet Ratings released rating changes on 80 U.S. common stocks for week ending April 20, 2012. 48 stocks were upgraded and 32 stocks were downgraded by our stock model.

Rating Change #10

Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (CY) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • 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 Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry and the overall market, CYPRESS SEMICONDUCTOR CORP's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for CYPRESS SEMICONDUCTOR CORP is rather high; currently it is at 53.00%. Regardless of CY's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, CY's net profit margin of -6.70% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • 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 Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 122.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $55.37 million to -$12.36 million.
  • The share price of CYPRESS SEMICONDUCTOR CORP has not done very well: it is down 12.50% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. Looking ahead, we do not see anything in this company's numbers that would change the one-year trend. It was down over the last twelve months; and it could be down again in the next twelve. Naturally, a bull or bear market could sway the movement of this stock.
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Cypress Semiconductor Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets mixed-signal and programmable solutions worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.9, below the average electronics industry P/E ratio of 16 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Cypress Semiconductor has a market cap of $2.23 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are down 15.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

You can view the full Cypress Semiconductor Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

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