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The Electronics industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.2%. Laggards within the Electronics industry included LGL Group ( LGL), down 2.2%, LightPath Technologies ( LPTH), down 2.9%, Bel Fuse ( BELFA), down 3.4%, Digital Power ( DPW), down 6.8% and Jinpan International ( JST), down 2.8%.

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

Bel Fuse ( BELFA) is one of the companies that pushed the Electronics industry lower today. Bel Fuse was down $0.86 (3.4%) to $24.49 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,869 shares of Bel Fuse exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $24.49-$25.01 after having opened the day at $25.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.35.

Bel Fuse has a market cap of $55.4 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 30.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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At the close, LightPath Technologies ( LPTH) was down $0.04 (2.9%) to $1.35 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,494 shares of LightPath Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 32,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.33-$1.40 after having opened the day at $1.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.39.

LightPath Technologies, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes optical components and assemblies. LightPath Technologies has a market cap of $20.0 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 2.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates LightPath Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates LightPath Technologies as a hold. 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 and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LPTH go as follows:

  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, LPTH's share price has jumped by 46.39%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • LPTH's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.00 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, LPTH has a quick ratio of 2.38, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 49.28% is the gross profit margin for LIGHTPATH TECHNOLOGIES INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of LPTH's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, LPTH's net profit margin of -6.94% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • 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, LIGHTPATH TECHNOLOGIES INC'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 -$0.47 million or 579.71% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: LightPath Technologies Ratings Report

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LGL Group ( LGL) was another company that pushed the Electronics industry lower today. LGL Group was down $0.09 (2.2%) to $4.12 on light volume. Throughout the day, 360 shares of LGL Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.12-$4.12 after having opened the day at $4.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.21.

The LGL Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and markets standard and custom-engineered electronic components in the United States and internationally. LGL Group has a market cap of $10.9 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 22.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates LGL Group as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LGL go as follows:

  • LGL GROUP INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, LGL GROUP INC reported poor results of -$3.16 versus -$0.51 in the prior year.
  • 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 874.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.08 million to -$0.81 million.
  • 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 Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry and the overall market, LGL GROUP INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for LGL GROUP INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 29.86%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -13.19% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • The share price of LGL GROUP INC has not done very well: it is down 20.70% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. 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.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: LGL Group Ratings Report

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