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The Electronics industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.1%. Laggards within the Electronics industry included Qualstar ( QBAK), down 9.1%, Trio-Tech International ( TRT), down 6.6%, Vicon Industries ( VII), down 2.2%, Advanced Photonix ( API), down 2.1% and LightPath Technologies ( LPTH), down 2.0%.

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

LightPath Technologies ( LPTH) is one of the companies that pushed the Electronics industry lower today. LightPath Technologies was down $0.02 (2.0%) to $1.19 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,500 shares of LightPath Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 25,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.19-$1.20 after having opened the day at $1.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.22.

LightPath Technologies, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes optical components and assemblies. LightPath Technologies has a market cap of $17.3 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 10.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates LightPath Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates LightPath Technologies as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LPTH 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 Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 161.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.22 million to -$0.13 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, LIGHTPATH TECHNOLOGIES INC'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 28.95%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 150.00% 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.
  • LIGHTPATH TECHNOLOGIES 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. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, LIGHTPATH TECHNOLOGIES INC turned its bottom line around by earning $0.02 versus -$0.09 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 250.0% in earnings (-$0.03 versus $0.02).
  • The gross profit margin for LIGHTPATH TECHNOLOGIES INC is rather high; currently it is at 52.55%. Regardless of LPTH's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, LPTH's net profit margin of -4.45% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

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

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At the close, Advanced Photonix ( API) was down $0.01 (2.1%) to $0.46 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,325 shares of Advanced Photonix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 64,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.46-$0.47 after having opened the day at $0.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.47.

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 $18.6 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 31.9% 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.

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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 feeble growth in its earnings per share.

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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Qualstar ( QBAK) was another company that pushed the Electronics industry lower today. Qualstar was down $0.12 (9.1%) to $1.20 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 25,481 shares of Qualstar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.04-$1.33 after having opened the day at $1.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.32.

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 $16.5 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 16.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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.

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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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