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3 Stocks Boosting The Electronics Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices traded up today The three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 118 points (0.7%) at 16,519 as of Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,991 issues advancing vs. 1,077 declining with 137 unchanged.

The Electronics industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.6%. Top gainers within the Electronics industry included Nortech Systems ( NSYS), up 1.6%, Orbit International ( ORBT), up 1.8%, Sypris Solutions ( SYPR), up 15.1%, Planar Systems ( PLNR), up 7.1% and Actions Semiconductor ( ACTS), up 2.3%.

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

Planar Systems ( PLNR) is one of the companies that pushed the Electronics industry higher today. Planar Systems was up $0.14 (7.1%) to $2.11 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 77,769 shares of Planar Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 32,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.10-$2.25 after having opened the day at $2.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.97.

Planar Systems, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and markets electronic display products and systems. Planar Systems has a market cap of $43.8 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 22.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Planar Systems a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Planar Systems as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PLNR go as follows:

  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, reflecting both the market's overall trend during that period and the fact that the company's earnings growth has been robust. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • PLANAR SYSTEMS INC reported significant earnings per share improvement 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 year. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, PLANAR SYSTEMS INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.31 versus -$0.80 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.14 versus -$0.31).
  • PLNR, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 7.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 8.4%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • 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 Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry and the overall market, PLANAR SYSTEMS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for PLANAR SYSTEMS INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 25.24%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.55% trails that of the industry average.

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

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