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The Electronics industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.4%. Laggards within the Electronics industry included Schmitt Industries ( SMIT), down 2.8%, Wells-Gardner Electronic ( WGA), down 3.1%, Electro-Sensors ( ELSE), down 3.4%, Advanced Photonix ( API), down 1.8% and BTU International ( BTUI), down 1.5%.

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

LG Display ( LPL) is one of the companies that pushed the Electronics industry lower today. LG Display was down $0.32 (2.0%) to $15.78 on light volume. Throughout the day, 108,505 shares of LG Display exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 329,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $15.59-$15.85 after having opened the day at $15.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.10.

LG Display Co., Ltd. manufactures and sells thin film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels in the Republic of Korea, the United States, Europe, China, and rest of Asia. LG Display has a market cap of $11.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 32.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate LG Display a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates LG Display as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. 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 LPL go as follows:

  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.36, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels.
  • This stock has managed to rise its share value by 35.25% over the past twelve months. Setting our sights on the months ahead, however, we feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The implication is that its reduced upside potential is not good enough to warrant further investment at this time.
  • 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 2242.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $3.51 million to -$75.10 million.
  • 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 on the basis of return on equity, LG DISPLAY CO LTD underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: LG Display Ratings Report

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At the close, BTU International ( BTUI) was down $0.05 (1.5%) to $3.25 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,811 shares of BTU International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.18-$3.35 after having opened the day at $3.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.30.

BTU International, Inc. designs, manufactures, sells, and services thermal processing equipment and related process controls for use in the electronics, alternative energy, automotive, and other industries worldwide. BTU International has a market cap of $31.9 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 9.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates BTU International as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on BTUI 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 Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry and the overall market, BTU INTERNATIONAL 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 -$2.70 million or 56.59% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • BTU INTERNATIONAL INC has improved earnings per share by 42.4% 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, BTU INTERNATIONAL INC reported poor results of -$1.21 versus -$1.16 in the prior year.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.44, 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 BTUI's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 1.72 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity.
  • 38.34% is the gross profit margin for BTU INTERNATIONAL INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -15.28% is in-line with the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: BTU International Ratings Report

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Advanced Photonix ( API) was another company that pushed the Electronics industry lower today. Advanced Photonix was down $0.01 (1.8%) to $0.55 on light volume. Throughout the day, 7,700 shares of Advanced Photonix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 59,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.53-$0.56 after having opened the day at $0.55 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 Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Advanced Photonix a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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.

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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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