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The Automotive industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.9%. Laggards within the Automotive industry included

Accuride

(

ACW

), down 2.1%,

Stoneridge

(

SRI

), down 1.9%,

Superior Industries International

(

SUP

), down 3.7%,

Strattec Security

(

STRT

), down 3.4% and

VOXX International

(

VOXX

), down 6.3%.

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

Superior Industries International

(

SUP

) is one of the companies that pushed the Automotive industry lower today. Superior Industries International was down $0.71 (3.7%) to $18.48 on light volume. Throughout the day, 66,729 shares of Superior Industries International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 91,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $18.40-$19.14 after having opened the day at $19.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.19.

Superior Industries International, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells aluminum road wheels to the original equipment manufacturers in North America. It supplies cast aluminum wheels to the automobile and light truck manufacturers. Superior Industries International has a market cap of $521.9 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Superior Industries International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Superior Industries International

as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SUP go as follows:

  • SUP has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 2.57, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • SUP, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 4.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 7.9%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for SUPERIOR INDUSTRIES INTL is currently extremely low, coming in at 13.03%. Regardless of SUP's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -1.37% trails the industry average.
  • SUPERIOR INDUSTRIES INTL 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. Earnings per share have declined over the last two years. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SUPERIOR INDUSTRIES INTL reported lower earnings of $0.83 versus $1.13 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 45.8% in earnings ($0.45 versus $0.83).
  • 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 146.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $5.17 million to -$2.42 million.

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Superior Industries International Ratings Report

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At the close,

Stoneridge

(

SRI

) was down $0.24 (1.9%) to $12.68 on average volume. Throughout the day, 119,708 shares of Stoneridge exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 90,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $12.65-$12.99 after having opened the day at $12.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.92.

Stoneridge, Inc. designs and manufactures electrical and electronic components, modules, and systems for the commercial vehicle, automotive, agricultural, motorcycle, and off-highway vehicle markets in North America, South America, and Europe. Stoneridge has a market cap of $365.7 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 0.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Stoneridge a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Stoneridge

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SRI go as follows:

  • SRI's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 4.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • STONERIDGE INC has improved earnings per share by 11.5% 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. However, we anticipate underperformance relative to this pattern in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, STONERIDGE INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.59 versus $0.21 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 22.0% in earnings ($0.46 versus $0.59).
  • SRI has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 7.04% 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $6.21 million or 67.64% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • 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 102.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $5.05 million to -$0.13 million.

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Stoneridge Ratings Report

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Accuride

(

ACW

) was another company that pushed the Automotive industry lower today. Accuride was down $0.09 (2.1%) to $4.28 on average volume. Throughout the day, 184,101 shares of Accuride exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 194,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.15-$4.38 after having opened the day at $4.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.37.

Accuride Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and distributes commercial vehicle components in North America. Its products include commercial vehicle wheels, wheel-end components and assemblies, and ductile and gray iron castings. Accuride has a market cap of $211.9 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 0.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Accuride a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Accuride

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ACW go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 4.93 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio is weak, ACW's quick ratio is somewhat strong at 1.02, demonstrating the ability to handle short-term liquidity needs.
  • The gross profit margin for ACCURIDE CORP is rather low; currently it is at 15.41%. Regardless of ACW's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 0.59% trails the industry average.
  • 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. In comparison to the other companies in the Machinery industry and the overall market, ACCURIDE CORP's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, and has traded in line with the S&P 500. We feel that the combination of its price rise over the last year and its current price-to-earnings ratio relative to its industry tend to reduce its upside potential.
  • ACCURIDE 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. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, ACCURIDE CORP continued to lose money by earning -$0.56 versus -$3.65 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.02 versus -$0.56).

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Accuride Ratings Report

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