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3 Stocks Pushing The Computer Hardware Industry Lower

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The Computer Hardware industry as a whole closed the day down 2.0% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.5%. Laggards within the Computer Hardware industry included Lantronix ( LTRX), down 6.8%, Dataram ( DRAM), down 2.4%, Astro-Med ( ALOT), down 1.9%, China TechFaith Wireless Comm Tech ( CNTF), down 4.1% and Qumu ( QUMU), down 1.9%.

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

Qumu ( QUMU) is one of the companies that pushed the Computer Hardware industry lower today. Qumu was down $0.28 (1.9%) to $13.96 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,229 shares of Qumu exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $13.96-$14.69 after having opened the day at $14.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.23.

Qumu Corporation operates in the enterprise video content management software and disc publishing businesses. Qumu has a market cap of $123.6 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 11.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Qumu a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Qumu as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on QUMU go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$4.54 million or 366.01% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • QUMU CORP's earnings per share improvement from the most recent quarter was slightly positive. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. However, we anticipate underperformance relative to this pattern in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, QUMU CORP continued to lose money by earning -$1.12 versus -$4.79 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 37.5% in earnings (-$1.54 versus -$1.12).
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed against the S&P 500 and did not exceed that of the Computers & Peripherals industry. The net income increased by 1.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$3.98 million to -$3.93 million.
  • 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 Computers & Peripherals industry and the overall market, QUMU CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 48.39% is the gross profit margin for QUMU CORP which we consider to be strong. Regardless of QUMU's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, QUMU's net profit margin of -20.90% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

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

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