3 Electronics Stocks Moving The Industry Upward

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 143 points (0.9%) at 16,970 as of Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,189 issues advancing vs. 849 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Electronics industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.8%. Top gainers within the Electronics industry included Nortech Systems ( NSYS), up 3.0%, Wells-Gardner Electronic ( WGA), up 2.9%, Aehr Test Systems ( AEHR), up 2.3%, Pulse Electronics ( PULS), up 2.0% and LightPath Technologies ( LPTH), up 2.2%.

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

LightPath Technologies ( LPTH) is one of the companies that pushed the Electronics industry higher today. LightPath Technologies was up $0.03 (2.2%) to $1.39 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6,800 shares of LightPath Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.29-$1.40 after having opened the day at $1.37 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 $20.0 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are unchanged year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 8.9%. 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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