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 68 points (0.4%) at 16,974 as of Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,593 issues advancing vs. 1,369 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Electronics industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.5%. Top gainers within the Electronics industry included Wells-Gardner Electronic ( WGA), up 8.2%, Electro-Sensors ( ELSE), up 3.0%, Aehr Test Systems ( AEHR), up 3.9%, LGL Group ( LGL), up 3.4% and Advanced Photonix ( API), up 3.5%.

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

Advanced Photonix ( API) is one of the companies that pushed the Electronics industry higher today. Advanced Photonix was up $0.02 (3.5%) to $0.58 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,703 shares of Advanced Photonix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 60,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.55-$0.58 after having opened the day at $0.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.56.

Advanced Photonix, Inc. engages in the development, manufacture, and sale of optoelectronic devices, and sub-systems and systems to various original equipment manufacturers primarily in North America, Asia, Europe, and Australia. Advanced Photonix has a market cap of $20.9 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 18.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Advanced Photonix a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Advanced Photonix as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on API go as follows:

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed against the S&P 500 and did not exceed that of the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry. The net income has decreased by 5.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$1.08 million to -$1.14 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, ADVANCED PHOTONIX INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for ADVANCED PHOTONIX INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 31.47%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -16.38% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.45, 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 API's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 0.60 is low and demonstrates weak liquidity.
  • The share price of ADVANCED PHOTONIX INC has not done very well: it is down 10.69% 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: Advanced Photonix Ratings Report

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At the close, LGL Group ( LGL) was up $0.17 (3.4%) to $5.17 on light volume. Throughout the day, 100 shares of LGL Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.17-$5.17 after having opened the day at $5.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.00.

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 $13.3 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 7.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate LGL Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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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.

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 22.58% 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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Aehr Test Systems ( AEHR) was another company that pushed the Electronics industry higher today. Aehr Test Systems was up $0.10 (3.9%) to $2.64 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 57,485 shares of Aehr Test Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.50-$2.90 after having opened the day at $2.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.54.

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 $27.8 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 17.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Aehr Test Systems a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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 83.85% 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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