Nokia Oyj Stock Sell Recommendation Reiterated (NOK)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Nokia Oyj (NYSE: NOK) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a sell with a ratings score of D . 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.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • 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 Communications Equipment industry and the overall market, NOKIA CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $712.11 million or 10.82% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • NOK has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 22.42% 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.
  • NOK, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 14.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 0.1%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • NOK's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.69 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 1.06 is sturdy.

Nokia Corporation provides telecommunications infrastructure hardware, software, and services worldwide. The company offers smart phones and smart devices; and feature phones, and related services and applications. Nokia Oyj has a market cap of $14.04 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are down 5.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

You can view the full Nokia Oyj Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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