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The Electronics industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.9%. Laggards within the Electronics industry included

BTU International

(

BTUI

), down 4.2%,

Aehr Test Systems

(

AEHR

), down 2.8%,

Eltek

(

ELTK

), down 3.3%,

Bel Fuse

(

BELFA

), down 4.5% and

Planar Systems

(

PLNR

), down 3.1%.

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

Bel Fuse

(

BELFA

) is one of the companies that pushed the Electronics industry lower today. Bel Fuse was down $1.24 (4.5%) to $25.99 on light volume. Throughout the day, 647 shares of Bel Fuse exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $25.89-$26.54 after having opened the day at $26.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.23.

Bel Fuse has a market cap of $58.1 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 37.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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At the close,

Aehr Test Systems

(

AEHR

) was down $0.07 (2.8%) to $2.28 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6,890 shares of Aehr Test Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.26-$2.40 after having opened the day at $2.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.35.

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 $23.7 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 23.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Aehr Test Systems

as a

sell

. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on AEHR go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.60 million or 165.22% 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'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.
  • AEHR's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.06 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.96 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • The gross profit margin for AEHR TEST SYSTEMS is rather high; currently it is at 51.57%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, AEHR's net profit margin of 3.77% significantly trails the industry average.
  • This stock has increased by 76.15% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the future course of this stock, we feel that the risks involved in investing in AEHR do not compensate for any future upside potential, despite the fact that it has seen nice gains over the past 12 months.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Aehr Test Systems Ratings Report

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BTU International

(

BTUI

) was another company that pushed the Electronics industry lower today. BTU International was down $0.12 (4.2%) to $2.88 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,408 shares of BTU International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.82-$3.01 after having opened the day at $3.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.01.

BTU International, Inc. designs, manufactures, sells, and services thermal processing equipment and related process controls for use in the electronics, alternative energy, automotive, and other industries worldwide. BTU International has a market cap of $29.6 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are unchanged year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

BTU International

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on BTUI 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 Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry and the overall market, BTU INTERNATIONAL INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$2.70 million or 56.59% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • BTU INTERNATIONAL INC has improved earnings per share by 42.4% 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, BTU INTERNATIONAL INC reported poor results of -$1.21 versus -$1.16 in the prior year.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.44, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Despite the fact that BTUI's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 1.72 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity.
  • 38.34% is the gross profit margin for BTU INTERNATIONAL INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -15.28% is in-line with the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

BTU International Ratings Report

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