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All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 223.03 points (-1.3%) at 16,321 as of Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 968 issues advancing vs. 2,084 declining with 146 unchanged.

The Electronics industry as a whole closed the day down 1.7% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.6%. Top gainers within the Electronics industry included

Bel Fuse

(

BELFA

), up 3.3%,

Wells-Gardner Electronic

(

WGA

), up 2.7%,

Qualstar

(

QBAK

), up 4.8%,

Aehr Test Systems

(

AEHR

), up 3.3% and

eMagin

(

EMAN

), up 6.0%.

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

Aehr Test Systems

(

AEHR

) is one of the companies that pushed the Electronics industry higher today. Aehr Test Systems was up $0.06 (3.3%) to $1.86 on light volume. Throughout the day, 9,904 shares of Aehr Test Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 24,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.85-$1.90 after having opened the day at $1.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.80.

Aehr Test Systems designs, engineers, develops, manufactures, and sells test and burn-in equipment used in the semiconductor industry worldwide. Aehr Test Systems has a market cap of $22.2 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 37.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Aehr Test Systems a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Aehr Test Systems as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on AEHR go as follows:

  • 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 446.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.17 million to -$0.91 million.
  • The share price of AEHR TEST SYSTEMS has not done very well: it is down 21.23% 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. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • 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, AEHR TEST SYSTEMS's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 45.25% is the gross profit margin for AEHR TEST SYSTEMS which we consider to be strong. Regardless of AEHR's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, AEHR's net profit margin of -25.49% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • AEHR TEST SYSTEMS has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from 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, AEHR TEST SYSTEMS turned its bottom line around by earning $0.03 versus -$0.36 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Aehr Test Systems Ratings Report

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At the close,

Qualstar

(

QBAK

) was up $0.06 (4.8%) to $1.28 on light volume. Throughout the day, 516 shares of Qualstar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.28-$1.30 after having opened the day at $1.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.22.

Qualstar Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and sells power supplies and data storage systems worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Power Supplies and Tape Libraries. Qualstar has a market cap of $15.4 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 11.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Qualstar a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Qualstar as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on QBAK go as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for QUALSTAR CORP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 31.58%. Despite the low profit margin, it has increased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, QBAK's net profit margin of -24.62% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • In its most recent trading session, QBAK has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Computers & Peripherals industry and the overall market, QUALSTAR CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • QBAK, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 9.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 4.6%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • QUALSTAR CORP 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. During the past fiscal year, QUALSTAR CORP continued to lose money by earning -$0.47 versus -$0.85 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Qualstar Ratings Report

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Bel Fuse

(

BELFA

) was another company that pushed the Electronics industry higher today. Bel Fuse was up $0.67 (3.3%) to $21.00 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5,024 shares of Bel Fuse exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $20.33-$21.32 after having opened the day at $20.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.33.

Bel Fuse Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells products used in the networking, telecommunication, high-speed data transmission, commercial aerospace, military, broadcasting, transportation, and consumer electronic industries worldwide. Bel Fuse has a market cap of $45.7 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 8.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Bel Fuse a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Bel Fuse

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on BELFA go as follows:

  • BELFA's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 4.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.8%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • 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. Looking ahead, unless broad bear market conditions prevail, we still see more upside potential for this stock, despite the fact that it has already risen over the past year.
  • BEL FUSE 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, BEL FUSE INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.39 versus $0.19 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.54 versus $1.39).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Communications Equipment industry. The net income increased by 81.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $1.69 million to $3.07 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Bel Fuse Ratings Report

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