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The Telecommunications industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.3%. Laggards within the Telecommunications industry included Maxcom Telecomunicaciones SAB de CV ( MXT), down 3.7%, B Communications ( BCOM), down 1.5%, RELM Wireless ( RWC), down 2.2%, Ikanos Communications ( IKAN), down 2.4% and Elephant Talk Communications ( ETAK), down 5.7%.

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

RELM Wireless ( RWC) is one of the companies that pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today. RELM Wireless was down $0.09 (2.2%) to $4.00 on light volume. Throughout the day, 14,505 shares of RELM Wireless exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 22,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.95-$4.10 after having opened the day at $4.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.09.

RELM Wireless Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets wireless communications products under the BK Radio and RELM brand names in the United States and internationally. Its products include two-way land mobile radios, repeaters, base stations, and related components and subsystems. RELM Wireless has a market cap of $55.2 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 21.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates RELM Wireless as a buy. 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, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on RWC go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 0.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 10.6%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displaying stagnant earnings per share.
  • RWC has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 4.13, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 107.29% to $0.14 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, RELM WIRELESS CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 17.47%.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Communications Equipment industry average. The net income increased by 17.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $0.41 million to $0.48 million.
  • 44.01% is the gross profit margin for RELM WIRELESS CORP which we consider to be strong. Regardless of RWC's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, RWC's net profit margin of 6.07% is significantly lower than the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: RELM Wireless Ratings Report

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At the close, B Communications ( BCOM) was down $0.29 (1.5%) to $18.69 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,484 shares of B Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $18.53-$18.87 after having opened the day at $18.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.98.

B Communications Ltd. provides various communications services in Israel. B Communications has a market cap of $545.5 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 8.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates B Communications as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on BCOM go as follows:

  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, BCOM's share price has jumped by 61.23%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 3.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.1%. 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.
  • 42.97% is the gross profit margin for B COMMUNICATIONS LTD 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 -8.78% is in-line with the industry average.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 16.58 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, BCOM maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.92, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • 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 Diversified Telecommunication Services industry and the overall market, B COMMUNICATIONS LTD'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: B Communications Ratings Report

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Maxcom Telecomunicaciones SAB de CV ( MXT) was another company that pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today. Maxcom Telecomunicaciones SAB de CV was down $0.06 (3.7%) to $1.56 on light volume. Throughout the day, 400 shares of Maxcom Telecomunicaciones SAB de CV exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.56-$1.60 after having opened the day at $1.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.62.

Maxcom Telecomunicaciones, S.A.B. de C.V., an integrated telecommunication services operator, provides voice and data services to residential and small and medium-sized business customers in Mexico. Maxcom Telecomunicaciones SAB de CV has a market cap of $241.9 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 0.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Maxcom Telecomunicaciones SAB de CV a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Maxcom Telecomunicaciones SAB de CV 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 and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on MXT go as follows:

  • MAXCOM TELECOMUNICACIONES SA 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, MAXCOM TELECOMUNICACIONES SA reported poor results of -$0.57 versus -$0.11 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 Diversified Telecommunication Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 134.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $4.19 million to -$1.44 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 Diversified Telecommunication Services industry and the overall market, MAXCOM TELECOMUNICACIONES SA's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 38.12%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 133.33% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • 49.71% is the gross profit margin for MAXCOM TELECOMUNICACIONES SA which we consider to be strong. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, MXT's net profit margin of -2.88% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Maxcom Telecomunicaciones SAB de CV Ratings Report

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