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The three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 20 points (0.1%) at 16,715 as of Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,363 issues advancing vs. 1,697 declining with 123 unchanged.

The Electronics industry as a whole closed the day down 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which was unchanged. Top gainers within the Electronics industry included Bel Fuse ( BELFA), up 6.3%, Data I/O ( DAIO), up 3.1%, MRV Communications ( MRVC), up 3.0%, CSR ( CSRE), up 3.5% and Digital Power ( DPW), up 4.2%.

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

MRV Communications ( MRVC) is one of the companies that pushed the Electronics industry higher today. MRV Communications was up $0.35 (3.0%) to $12.00 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 57,211 shares of MRV Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $10.51-$12.20 after having opened the day at $11.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.65.

MRV Communications, Inc. MRV Communications has a market cap of $88.6 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are unchanged year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate MRV Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates MRV Communications as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on MRVC go as follows:

  • 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 Communications Equipment industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 119.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $6.49 million to -$1.25 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 Communications Equipment industry and the overall market, MRV COMMUNICATIONS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for MRV COMMUNICATIONS INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 33.83%. Regardless of MRVC's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, MRVC's net profit margin of -2.46% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • MRV COMMUNICATIONS INC 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, MRV COMMUNICATIONS INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.91 versus -$0.94 in the prior year.
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is higher, and it has outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period. 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: MRV Communications Ratings Report

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At the close, Data I/O ( DAIO) was up $0.09 (3.1%) to $2.94 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,621 shares of Data I/O exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 26,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.85-$2.94 after having opened the day at $2.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.85.

Data I/O Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells programming systems for electronic device manufacturers worldwide. The company's programming system products are used to program integrated circuits (ICs) with the specific data necessary for the ICs. Data I/O has a market cap of $22.0 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 10.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Data I/O a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Data I/O 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 DAIO 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 Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry and the overall market, DATA I/O CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for DATA I/O CORP is rather high; currently it is at 55.09%. Regardless of DAIO's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, DAIO's net profit margin of -7.11% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • DATA I/O CORP has improved earnings per share by 33.3% 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, DATA I/O CORP continued to lose money by earning -$0.33 versus -$0.80 in the prior year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 25.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$0.46 million to -$0.34 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 6.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.3%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Data I/O Ratings Report

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Bel Fuse ( BELFA) was another company that pushed the Electronics industry higher today. Bel Fuse was up $1.21 (6.3%) to $20.45 on light volume. Throughout the day, 597 shares of Bel Fuse exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $20.45-$20.45 after having opened the day at $20.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.24.

Bel Fuse has a market cap of $43.5 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 2.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on BELFA go as follows:

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Bel Fuse Ratings Report

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