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All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 153.49 points (-0.9%) at 16,461 as of Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, 4:35 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,410 issues advancing vs. 704 declining with 100 unchanged.

The Technology sector as a whole closed the day up 1.5% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.7%. Top gainers within the Technology sector included

Maxcom Telecomunicaciones SAB de CV

(

MXT

), up 3.1%,

Tel Instrument Electronics

(

TIK

), up 1.5%,

GRAVITY

(

GRVY

), up 4.2%,

Sajan

(

SAJA

), up 3.2% and

Bridgeline Digital

(

BLIN

), up 3.2%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

Bridgeline Digital

(

BLIN

) is one of the companies that pushed the Technology sector higher today. Bridgeline Digital was up $0.02 (3.2%) to $0.65 on light volume. Throughout the day, 13,965 shares of Bridgeline Digital exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 29,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.63-$0.65 after having opened the day at $0.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.63.

Bridgeline Digital, Inc. develops iAPPS Web engagement management product platform and related digital solutions in the United States. Its iAPPS platform enables companies and developers to create Websites, Web applications, and online stores. Bridgeline Digital has a market cap of $14.0 million and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are down 39.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Bridgeline Digital a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Bridgeline Digital as a

sell

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

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on BLIN 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 Internet Software & Services industry and the overall market, BRIDGELINE DIGITAL INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • BLIN'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 38.00%, 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.
  • BRIDGELINE DIGITAL INC has improved earnings per share by 40.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, BRIDGELINE DIGITAL INC reported poor results of -$0.23 versus -$0.07 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 26.1% in earnings (-$0.29 versus -$0.23).
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 0.95 is weak.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to -$1.22 million or 14.87% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, BRIDGELINE DIGITAL INC's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 25.66%.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Bridgeline Digital Ratings Report

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At the close,

Sajan

(

SAJA

) was up $0.18 (3.2%) to $5.82 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,200 shares of Sajan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.79-$6.00 after having opened the day at $6.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.64.

Sajan has a market cap of $22.4 million and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are down 5.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Maxcom Telecomunicaciones SAB de CV

(

MXT

) was another company that pushed the Technology sector higher today. Maxcom Telecomunicaciones SAB de CV was up $0.04 (3.1%) to $1.31 on average volume. Throughout the day, 600 shares of Maxcom Telecomunicaciones SAB de CV exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.30-$1.32 after having opened the day at $1.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.27.

Maxcom Telecomunicaciones, S.A.B. de C.V., an integrated telecommunication services operator, provides voice and data services to residential and small and medium-sized business customers in Mexico. Maxcom Telecomunicaciones SAB de CV has a market cap of $564.4 million and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are down 22.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Maxcom Telecomunicaciones SAB de CV a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Maxcom Telecomunicaciones SAB de CV as a

sell

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

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on MXT 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 Diversified Telecommunication Services industry and the overall market, MAXCOM TELECOMUNICACIONES SA'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 $3.08 million or 76.18% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • MXT'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 43.40%, 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.
  • MAXCOM TELECOMUNICACIONES SA reported significant earnings per share improvement 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, MAXCOM TELECOMUNICACIONES SA reported poor results of -$0.57 versus -$0.11 in the prior year.
  • 45.07% is the gross profit margin for MAXCOM TELECOMUNICACIONES SA which we consider to be strong. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, MXT's net profit margin of -3.85% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Maxcom Telecomunicaciones SAB de CV Ratings Report

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