Why Plexus (PLXS) Stock Is Up Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Plexus Corp. (PLXS) are up 3.52% to $45.05 on Monday morning following a ratings upgrade to "buy" from "hold" at Needham & Company.

The firm said it upgraded the company's rating due to above consensus guidance.

The firm said strength in consumer demand, customer forecasts and strong execution also added to its decision to upgrade Plexus' rating.

Plexus delivers solutions to customers in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East through its Product Realization Value Stream.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates PLEXUS CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate PLEXUS CORP (PLXS) a BUY. This is driven by several positive factors, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 58.58% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, PLXS should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.35, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.28, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • PLEXUS CORP's earnings per share improvement from the most recent quarter was slightly positive. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, PLEXUS CORP increased its bottom line by earning $2.38 versus $1.75 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.61 versus $2.38).
  • PLXS, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 1.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 0.0%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: PLXS Ratings Report

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