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Two out of the three major indices traded up today One out of the three major indices traded up today The three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 30.21 points (-0.2%) at 16,882 as of Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,028 issues advancing vs. 1,986 declining with 144 unchanged.

The Technology sector as a whole closed the day up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.1%. Top gainers within the Technology sector included Qualstar ( QBAK), up 5.8%, BluePhoenix Solutions ( BPHX), up 3.5%, Intelligent Systems ( INS), up 16.8%, Optical Cable ( OCC), up 2.6% and GSE Systems ( GVP), up 1.9%.

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

GSE Systems ( GVP) is one of the companies that pushed the Technology sector higher today. GSE Systems was up $0.03 (1.9%) to $1.64 on light volume. Throughout the day, 7,802 shares of GSE Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.62-$1.64 after having opened the day at $1.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.61.

GSE Systems, Inc. provides simulation, educational, and engineering solutions and services to the nuclear and fossil electric utility industry, and the chemical and petrochemical industries worldwide. GSE Systems has a market cap of $28.4 million and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are up 0.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate GSE Systems a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates GSE Systems 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 GVP go as follows:

  • GSE SYSTEMS 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, GSE SYSTEMS INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.58 versus $0.06 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 Software industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 75.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.16 million to -$2.02 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 Software industry and the overall market, GSE SYSTEMS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for GSE SYSTEMS INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 25.86%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -23.20% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • In its most recent trading session, GVP has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. 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: GSE Systems Ratings Report

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At the close, BluePhoenix Solutions ( BPHX) was up $0.14 (3.5%) to $4.12 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 23,062 shares of BluePhoenix Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.95-$4.28 after having opened the day at $4.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.98.

BluePhoenix Solutions Ltd. develops and markets enterprise legacy lifecycle information technology (IT) modernization solutions worldwide. BluePhoenix Solutions has a market cap of $46.7 million and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are down 11.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate BluePhoenix Solutions a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates BluePhoenix Solutions as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on BPHX go as follows:

  • 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 Software industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 53.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.60 million to -$0.92 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to -$1.68 million or 49.11% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • In its most recent trading session, BPHX has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. 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.
  • 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 Software industry and the overall market, BLUEPHOENIX SOLUTIONS LTD's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 49.55% is the gross profit margin for BLUEPHOENIX SOLUTIONS LTD which we consider to be strong. Regardless of BPHX's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, BPHX's net profit margin of -49.33% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: BluePhoenix Solutions Ratings Report

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Qualstar ( QBAK) was another company that pushed the Technology sector higher today. Qualstar was up $0.08 (5.8%) to $1.38 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 33,275 shares of Qualstar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.30-$1.41 after having opened the day at $1.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.30.

Qualstar Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and sells power supplies and data storage systems worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Power Supplies and Tape Libraries. Qualstar has a market cap of $15.8 million and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are up 15.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Qualstar a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Qualstar as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on QBAK 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 Computers & Peripherals industry and the overall market, QUALSTAR CORP'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 -$2.61 million or 191.49% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • QBAK has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 10.60% from its price level of one year ago. 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.
  • QUALSTAR CORP has improved earnings per share by 33.3% 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, QUALSTAR CORP reported poor results of -$0.85 versus -$0.35 in the prior year.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 8.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 24.8%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.

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

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