One Factor Driving BlackBerry (BBRY) Stock Up Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- BlackBerry  (BBRY) rose Wednesday after AOL  (AOL) CEO Tim Armstrong said he and other CEO's still use and love their BlackBerry phones.

Armstrong told CNBC's Squawk Box from the Allen & Company media and technology conference in Sun Valley, Idaho that he uses three phones. ""The Samsung Note I have, and I have an iPhone also, they are excellent for me for Web viewing, entertainment, video, those type of things. And I use those phones everyday," he said. "But BlackBerry for me is a utility."

"If you look around Sun Valley," he continued, "you see people who have to do a tremendous amount of work...on BlackBerrys."

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BlackBerry has been struggling for years, but Armstrong wishes the best for the company's future. "It's a great utility device. I love my Samsung Note, love my iPhone," he said. "But the stuff about BlackBerry, their future will hopefully be driven by utility. I don't know what their plans are, but I'd be happy if they did well."

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates BLACKBERRY LTD as a "sell" with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate BLACKBERRY LTD (BBRY) a SELL. This is driven by several weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow."

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

  • BLACKBERRY LTD 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 suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, BLACKBERRY LTD reported poor results of -$11.17 versus -$1.20 in the prior year.
  • 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, BLACKBERRY LTD'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 $302.00 million or 52.06% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • BBRY, with its very weak revenue results, has greatly underperformed against the industry average of 2.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues plummeted by 68.5%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.36, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Despite the fact that BBRY's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 2.11 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: BBRY Ratings Report

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