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The Electronics industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which was unchanged. Laggards within the Electronics industry included Qualstar ( QBAK), down 3.6%, Trio-Tech International ( TRT), down 4.6%, Aehr Test Systems ( AEHR), down 3.9%, LightPath Technologies ( LPTH), down 2.2% and Forward Industries ( FORD), down 6.1%.

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

LightPath Technologies ( LPTH) is one of the companies that pushed the Electronics industry lower today. LightPath Technologies was down $0.03 (2.2%) to $1.33 on light volume. Throughout the day, 18,959 shares of LightPath Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 31,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.31-$1.38 after having opened the day at $1.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.36.

LightPath Technologies, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes optical components and assemblies. LightPath Technologies has a market cap of $18.9 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are unchanged year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LPTH go as follows:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 9.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.5%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • 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 2.10, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • 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 161.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.22 million to -$0.13 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, LIGHTPATH TECHNOLOGIES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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

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At the close, Aehr Test Systems ( AEHR) was down $0.09 (3.9%) to $2.24 on light volume. Throughout the day, 7,306 shares of Aehr Test Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.24-$2.32 after having opened the day at $2.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.33.

Aehr Test Systems designs, engineers, develops, manufactures, and sells test and burn-in equipment used in the semiconductor industry worldwide. Aehr Test Systems has a market cap of $25.3 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 25.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Aehr Test Systems as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on AEHR go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.60 million or 165.22% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • 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 Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry and the overall market, AEHR TEST SYSTEMS's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • AEHR's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.06 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.96 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • The gross profit margin for AEHR TEST SYSTEMS is rather high; currently it is at 51.57%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, AEHR's net profit margin of 3.77% significantly trails the industry average.
  • This stock has increased by 76.15% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the future course of this stock, we feel that the risks involved in investing in AEHR do not compensate for any future upside potential, despite the fact that it has seen nice gains over the past 12 months.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Aehr Test Systems Ratings Report

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Qualstar ( QBAK) was another company that pushed the Electronics industry lower today. Qualstar was down $0.05 (3.6%) to $1.21 on light volume. Throughout the day, 250 shares of Qualstar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.21-$1.21 after having opened the day at $1.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.26.

Qualstar Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and sells power supplies and data storage systems worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Power Supplies and Tape Libraries. Qualstar has a market cap of $16.3 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 11.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Qualstar 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.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on QBAK 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 Computers & Peripherals industry and the overall market, QUALSTAR CORP'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 -$2.61 million or 191.49% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • In its most recent trading session, QBAK has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. 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.
  • QUALSTAR CORP has improved earnings per share by 33.3% 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, QUALSTAR CORP reported poor results of -$0.85 versus -$0.35 in the prior year.
  • QBAK, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 4.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 24.8%. 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: Qualstar Ratings Report

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