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The Automotive industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.3%. Laggards within the Automotive industry included

UQM Technologies

(

UQM

), down 3.0%,

SORL Auto Parts

(

SORL

), down 3.2%,

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide

(

QTWW

), down 3.5%,

China Automotive Systems

(

CAAS

), down 2.2% and

Federal-Mogul Holdings

(

FDML

), down 2.3%.

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 $0.07 (3.5%) to $1.94 on light volume. Throughout the day, 69,094 shares of Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 113,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.91-$2.04 after having opened the day at $2.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.01.

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide has a market cap of $56.3 million and is part of the conglomerates sector. Shares are down 3.8% 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 unimpressive growth in net income, 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 company, on the basis of change in net income 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 has decreased by 4.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$3.20 million to -$3.34 million.
  • The gross profit margin for QUANTUM FUEL SYS TECH WORLDW is rather low; currently it is at 16.94%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -36.33% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$5.50 million or 53.73% 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 62.74%, 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 return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. 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,

SORL Auto Parts

(

SORL

) was down $0.09 (3.2%) to $2.72 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,272 shares of SORL Auto Parts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 29,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.67-$2.80 after having opened the day at $2.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.81.

SORL Auto Parts, Inc. develops, manufactures, and distributes automotive brake systems and other safety related auto parts. It operates in two segments, Commercial Vehicle Brake Systems and Passenger Vehicle Brake Systems. SORL Auto Parts has a market cap of $54.1 million and is part of the conglomerates sector. Shares are down 24.1% 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.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

SORL Auto Parts

as a

buy

. 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, growth in earnings per share, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SORL go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 7.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • SORL's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.10 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 2.25, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • SORL AUTO PARTS INC has improved earnings per share by 14.3% 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, SORL AUTO PARTS INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.70 versus $0.49 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.75 versus $0.70).
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to -$0.49 million or 39.70% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -1.54%.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

SORL Auto Parts Ratings Report

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UQM Technologies

(

UQM

) was another company that pushed the Automotive industry lower today. UQM Technologies was down $0.02 (3.0%) to $0.65 on average volume. Throughout the day, 70,255 shares of UQM Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 52,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.65-$0.70 after having opened the day at $0.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.67.

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 $32.4 million and is part of the conglomerates sector. Shares are down 14.2% 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.

TheStreet Ratings rates

UQM Technologies

as a

sell

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

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on UQM 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 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.
  • UQM'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 55.31%, 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 4.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$1.38 million to -$1.32 million.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 7.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 45.1%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • UQM TECHNOLOGIES INC has improved earnings per share by 25.0% in the most recent quarter compared to 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, UQM TECHNOLOGIES INC reported poor results of -$0.14 versus -$0.07 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

UQM Technologies Ratings Report

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