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The Electronics industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.4%. Laggards within the Electronics industry included

Digital Power

(

DPW

), down 1.9%,

Qualstar

(

QBAK

), down 2.7%,

Sutron

(

STRN

), down 4.0%,

CPS Technologies

(

CPSH

), down 1.7% and

Forward Industries

(

FORD

), down 8.6%.

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

Inphi

(

IPHI

) is one of the companies that pushed the Electronics industry lower today. Inphi was down $0.69 (3.7%) to $17.98 on average volume. Throughout the day, 649,123 shares of Inphi exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 530,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $17.81-$18.66 after having opened the day at $18.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.67.

Inphi Corporation provides high-speed analog and mixed signal semiconductor solutions for the communications, datacenter, and computing markets worldwide. Its analog and mixed signal semiconductor solutions offer high signal integrity at data speeds while reducing system power consumption. Inphi has a market cap of $700.5 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 1.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Inphi a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Inphi

as a

hold

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

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on IPHI go as follows:

  • IPHI's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 10.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 88.0%. 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.
  • IPHI 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 3.34, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for INPHI CORP is rather high; currently it is at 65.22%. Regardless of IPHI's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, IPHI's net profit margin of -32.33% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • 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 1290.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.27 million to -$17.70 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry and the overall market, INPHI CORP'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:

Inphi Ratings Report

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At the close,

Sutron

(

STRN

) was down $0.20 (4.0%) to $4.80 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 13,462 shares of Sutron exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.80-$5.22 after having opened the day at $5.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.00.

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 $25.4 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are unchanged year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Sutron

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its 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:

  • 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.
  • Compared to its price level of one year ago, STRN is down 7.58% to its most recent closing price of 5.00. Looking ahead, our view is that this company's fundamentals will not have much impact either way, allowing the stock to generally move up or down based on the push and pull of the broad market.
  • 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.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry and the overall market, SUTRON CORP'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:

Sutron Ratings Report

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Qualstar

(

QBAK

) was another company that pushed the Electronics industry lower today. Qualstar was down $0.04 (2.7%) to $1.46 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,074 shares of Qualstar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.46-$1.47 after having opened the day at $1.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.50.

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 $18.4 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 13.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Qualstar

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on QBAK go as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for QUALSTAR CORP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 32.85%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -6.94% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to -$1.44 million or 3.22% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • QBAK has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 5.07% 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.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and greatly underperformed compared to the Computers & Peripherals industry average. The net income increased by 2.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$0.25 million to -$0.25 million.
  • 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.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Qualstar Ratings Report

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