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The Electronics industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.6%. Laggards within the Electronics industry included Trio-Tech International ( TRT), down 4.7%, Advanced Photonix ( API), down 4.7%, Orbit International ( ORBT), down 2.4%, Bel Fuse ( BELFA), down 3.5% and CBD Energy ( CBDE), down 5.3%.

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

Bel Fuse ( BELFA) is one of the companies that pushed the Electronics industry lower today. Bel Fuse was down $0.81 (3.5%) to $22.41 on light volume. Throughout the day, 150 shares of Bel Fuse exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $22.41-$22.41 after having opened the day at $22.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.22.

Bel Fuse has a market cap of $49.2 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 19.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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At the close, Orbit International ( ORBT) was down $0.07 (2.4%) to $2.86 on average volume. Throughout the day, 16,706 shares of Orbit International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.83-$2.91 after having opened the day at $2.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.93.

Orbit International Corp. designs, manufactures, and sells electronic components and subsystems, and commercial and custom power units. The company operates in two segments, Electronics Group and Power Group. Orbit International has a market cap of $12.9 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 13.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Orbit International 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 weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ORBT go as follows:

  • ORBIT INTERNATIONAL CORP 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, ORBIT INTERNATIONAL CORP reported poor results of -$0.59 versus -$0.03 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 Electrical Equipment industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 1227.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.08 million to -$1.06 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 Electrical Equipment industry and the overall market, ORBIT INTERNATIONAL CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for ORBIT INTERNATIONAL CORP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 34.87%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -21.21% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.86 million or 161.46% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

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

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Advanced Photonix ( API) was another company that pushed the Electronics industry lower today. Advanced Photonix was down $0.02 (4.7%) to $0.51 on light volume. Throughout the day, 34,342 shares of Advanced Photonix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 62,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.50-$0.53 after having opened the day at $0.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.53.

Advanced Photonix, Inc. develops, manufactures, and sells optoelectronic devices, and value-added sub-systems and systems to various original equipment manufacturers primarily in North America, Asia, Europe, and Australia. Advanced Photonix has a market cap of $19.4 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 24.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 feeble growth in its earnings per share.

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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 underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry average. 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.
  • ADVANCED PHOTONIX INC's earnings per share declined by 33.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Stable earnings per share over the past year indicate the company has sound management over its earnings and share float. However, the consensus estimates suggest that there will be an upward trend in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ADVANCED PHOTONIX INC reported poor results of -$0.14 versus -$0.13 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.02 versus -$0.14).

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Advanced Photonix Ratings Report

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