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The Electronics industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.4%. Laggards within the Electronics industry included

ATRM Holdings

(

ATRM

), down 3.4%,

Qualstar

(

QBAK

), down 2.4%,

Intermolecular

(

IMI

), down 10.5%,

Uni-pixel

(

UNXL

), down 3.6% and

Nam Tai Property

(

NTP

), down 3.0%.

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

Intermolecular

(

IMI

) is one of the companies that pushed the Electronics industry lower today. Intermolecular was down $0.20 (10.5%) to $1.70 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 806,923 shares of Intermolecular exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 137,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.60-$1.80 after having opened the day at $1.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.90.

Intermolecular, Inc. develops and applies high productivity combinatorial (HPC) research and development technologies for the semiconductor and clean energy industries. Intermolecular has a market cap of $85.7 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 6.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Intermolecular a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Intermolecular

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on IMI go as follows:

  • INTERMOLECULAR 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. Earnings per share have declined over the last year. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, INTERMOLECULAR INC reported poor results of -$0.20 versus -$0.01 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 50.0% in earnings (-$0.30 versus -$0.20).
  • 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 Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 128.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$2.17 million to -$4.96 million.
  • 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, INTERMOLECULAR INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 60.95%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 120.00% 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.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 9.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 38.8%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Intermolecular Ratings Report

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At the close,

Qualstar

(

QBAK

) was down $0.04 (2.4%) to $1.40 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 20,320 shares of Qualstar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.38-$1.40 after having opened the day at $1.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.44.

Qualstar Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and sells power supplies and data storage systems worldwide. It operates through two segments, Power Supplies and Tape Libraries. Qualstar has a market cap of $17.4 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 8.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Qualstar

as a

sell

. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on QBAK go as follows:

  • 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 Computers & Peripherals industry and the overall market, QUALSTAR CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 38.28% is the gross profit margin for QUALSTAR CORP which we consider to be strong. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -9.69% is in-line with the industry average.
  • QUALSTAR 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. During the past fiscal year, QUALSTAR CORP continued to lose money by earning -$0.47 versus -$0.85 in the prior year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Computers & Peripherals industry. The net income increased by 87.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$2.53 million to -$0.32 million.
  • 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. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, we do not believe this stock offers ample reward opportunity to compensate for the risks, despite the fact that it rose over the past year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Qualstar Ratings Report

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ATRM Holdings

(

ATRM

) was another company that pushed the Electronics industry lower today. ATRM Holdings was down $0.11 (3.4%) to $3.15 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,300 shares of ATRM Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.15-$3.36 after having opened the day at $3.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.26.

ATRM Holdings has a market cap of $4.3 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 25.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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