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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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At the close,

Sypris Solutions

(

SYPR

) was up $0.52 (15.1%) to $3.97 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 298,062 shares of Sypris Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.50-$4.16 after having opened the day at $3.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.45.

Sypris Solutions, Inc. provides outsourced services and specialty products primarily in the United States, Mexico, Denmark, and the United Kingdom. Sypris Solutions has a market cap of $60.1 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 12.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Sypris Solutions a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Sypris Solutions as a

sell

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

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SYPR go as follows:

  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Aerospace & Defense industry and the overall market, SYPRIS SOLUTIONS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for SYPRIS SOLUTIONS INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 12.76%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 0.08% trails that of the industry average.
  • SYPR has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 5.74% from its price level of one year ago. 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.
  • SYPRIS SOLUTIONS INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SYPRIS SOLUTIONS INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.52 versus $0.52 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.05 versus -$0.52).
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.43, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.95 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Sypris Solutions Ratings Report

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Orbit International

(

ORBT

) was another company that pushed the Electronics industry higher today. Orbit International was up $0.05 (1.8%) to $2.83 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6,237 shares of Orbit International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.82-$2.85 after having opened the day at $2.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.78.

Orbit International Corp. designs, manufactures, and sells electronic components and subsystems, and commercial and custom power units. The company operates in two segments, Electronics Group and Power Group. Orbit International has a market cap of $12.4 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 18.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Orbit International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Orbit International as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ORBT go as follows:

  • ORBIT INTERNATIONAL CORP 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. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, ORBIT INTERNATIONAL CORP reported poor results of -$0.59 versus -$0.03 in the prior year.
  • 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 Electrical Equipment industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 1080.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.28 million to -$2.73 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Electrical Equipment industry and the overall market, ORBIT INTERNATIONAL CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The share price of ORBIT INTERNATIONAL CORP has not done very well: it is down 16.82% 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.
  • 38.47% is the gross profit margin for ORBIT INTERNATIONAL CORP which we consider to be strong. Regardless of ORBT's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, ORBT's net profit margin of -46.94% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Orbit International Ratings Report

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