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The Automotive industry as a whole closed the day down 2.4% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.9%. Laggards within the Automotive industry included

SORL Auto Parts

(

SORL

), down 1.7%,

UQM Technologies

(

UQM

), down 3.4%,

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide

(

QTWW

), down 7.2%,

China Automotive Systems

(

CAAS

), down 7.0% and

Superior Industries International

(

SUP

), down 2.1%.

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

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide

(

QTWW

) is one of the companies that pushed the Automotive industry lower today. Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide was down $0.18 (7.2%) to $2.24 on light volume. Throughout the day, 137,920 shares of Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 237,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.24-$2.42 after having opened the day at $2.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.42.

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. develops, produces, and sells natural gas fuel storage systems; and integrates vehicle system technologies in the United States, Germany, Canada, India, Spain, and Taiwan. Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide has a market cap of $48.6 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 15.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide

as a

sell

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

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on QTWW go as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for QUANTUM FUEL SYS TECH WORLDW is currently extremely low, coming in at 3.58%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -78.57% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$5.04 million or 89.00% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • QTWW's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 69.44%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Auto Components industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 6.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$5.53 million to -$5.20 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 Auto Components industry and the overall market, QUANTUM FUEL SYS TECH WORLDW's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Ratings Report

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At the close,

UQM Technologies

(

UQM

) was down $0.03 (3.4%) to $0.81 on light volume. Throughout the day, 67,980 shares of UQM Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 154,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.80-$0.88 after having opened the day at $0.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.84.

UQM Technologies, Inc. develops, manufactures, and sells electric motors, generators, and power electronic controllers in the United States and internationally. UQM Technologies has a market cap of $31.6 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are unchanged year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates UQM Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

UQM Technologies

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on UQM 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 Auto Components industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 382.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.41 million to -$1.99 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1.12 million or 371.42% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 60.96%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 400.00% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • UQM TECHNOLOGIES INC 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 reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, UQM TECHNOLOGIES INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.07 versus -$0.29 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 100.0% in earnings (-$0.14 versus -$0.07).
  • 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 Auto Components industry and the overall market, UQM TECHNOLOGIES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

UQM Technologies Ratings Report

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SORL Auto Parts

(

SORL

) was another company that pushed the Automotive industry lower today. SORL Auto Parts was down $0.06 (1.7%) to $3.58 on light volume. Throughout the day, 13,704 shares of SORL Auto Parts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.58-$3.69 after having opened the day at $3.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.64.

SORL Auto Parts, Inc. develops, manufactures, and distributes automotive brake systems and other safety related auto parts. It operates in two segments, Commercial Vehicles Brake Systems, etc.; and Passenger Vehicles Brake Systems, etc. SORL Auto Parts has a market cap of $69.7 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 1.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates SORL Auto Parts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

SORL Auto Parts

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SORL go as follows:

  • SORL's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 4.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.7%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • SORL's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.09 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, SORL has a quick ratio of 2.31, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and greatly underperformed compared to the Auto Components industry average. The net income has decreased by 12.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $3.31 million to $2.90 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. In comparison to the other companies in the Auto Components industry and the overall market, SORL AUTO PARTS INC's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

SORL Auto Parts Ratings Report

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