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The Electronics industry as a whole was unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.5%. Laggards within the Electronics industry included

Bel Fuse

(

BELFA

), down 1.8%,

ATRM Holdings

(

ATRM

), down 3.7%,

Forward Industries

(

FORD

), down 4.0%,

Digital Power

(

DPW

), down 2.7% and

Sutron

(

STRN

), down 1.9%.

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

Sutron

(

STRN

) is one of the companies that pushed the Electronics industry lower today. Sutron was down $0.10 (1.9%) to $5.20 on light volume. Throughout the day, 150 shares of Sutron exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $5.20-$5.20 after having opened the day at $5.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.30.

Sutron Corporation provides real-time data collection and control products, systems and applications software, and professional services for the hydrological, meteorological, and oceanic monitoring markets. Sutron has a market cap of $26.9 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 6.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Sutron

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on STRN go as follows:

  • Compared to its price level of one year ago, STRN is up 2.35% to its most recent closing price of 5.22. Looking ahead, our view is that this company's fundamentals should not have much impact in either direction, allowing the stock to generally move up or down based on the push and pull of the broad market.
  • STRN 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 3.55, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • 45.15% is the gross profit margin for SUTRON CORP 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 1.79% trails the industry average.
  • SUTRON 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, SUTRON CORP reported lower earnings of $0.16 versus $0.23 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 Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 75.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.49 million to $0.12 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Sutron Ratings Report

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At the close,

ATRM Holdings

(

ATRM

) was down $0.13 (3.7%) to $3.38 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,000 shares of ATRM Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.38-$3.38 after having opened the day at $3.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.51.

ATRM Holdings has a market cap of $4.7 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 36.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Bel Fuse

(

BELFA

) was another company that pushed the Electronics industry lower today. Bel Fuse was down $0.40 (1.8%) to $21.45 on average volume. Throughout the day, 600 shares of Bel Fuse exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $20.48-$21.45 after having opened the day at $20.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.85.

Bel Fuse Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells products used in the networking, telecommunication, high-speed data transmission, commercial aerospace, military, broadcasting, transportation, and consumer electronic industries worldwide. Bel Fuse has a market cap of $47.5 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 9.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Bel Fuse

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on BELFA go as follows:

  • BELFA's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 5.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 54.5%. 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.
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period, despite the company's weak earnings results. Looking ahead, our view is that this company's fundamentals will not have much impact in either direction, allowing the stock to generally move up or down based on the push and pull of the broad market.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $6.24 million or 37.09% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, BEL FUSE INC has marginally lower results.
  • 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 Communications Equipment industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 79.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $7.38 million to $1.51 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Bel Fuse Ratings Report

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