3 Stocks Pushing The Technology Sector Lower

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The Technology sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was unchanged. Laggards within the Technology sector included GRAVITY ( GRVY), down 2.5%, Maxcom Telecomunicaciones SAB de CV ( MXT), down 2.6%, Wells-Gardner Electronic ( WGA), down 3.1%, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), down 3.0% and LookSmart ( LOOK), down 6.8%.

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

LookSmart ( LOOK) is one of the companies that pushed the Technology sector lower today. LookSmart was down $0.12 (6.8%) to $1.65 on light volume. Throughout the day, 9,285 shares of LookSmart exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.65-$1.70 after having opened the day at $1.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.77.

LookSmart, Ltd. provides search and display advertising network solutions in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. LookSmart has a market cap of $9.7 million and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are down 17.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates LookSmart 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 and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LOOK 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 Internet Software & Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 30.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.46 million to -$1.90 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 Internet Software & Services industry and the overall market, LOOKSMART LTD's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The share price of LOOKSMART LTD has not done very well: it is down 6.15% 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.
  • LOOKSMART LTD's earnings per share declined by 37.5% 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, LOOKSMART LTD continued to lose money by earning -$0.93 versus -$1.92 in the prior year.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 11.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 47.0%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

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

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At the close, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET) was down $0.02 (3.0%) to $0.64 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6,728 shares of ChinaNet Online Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 30,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.62-$0.66 after having opened the day at $0.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.66.

ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides business-to-businesses Internet services for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) sales networks in the People's Republic of China. ChinaNet Online Holdings has a market cap of $14.9 million and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are down 20.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates ChinaNet Online Holdings 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 CNET go as follows:

  • CHINANET ONLINE HOLDINGS's earnings have gone downhill when comparing its most recently reported quarter with the same quarter a year earlier. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, CHINANET ONLINE HOLDINGS swung to a loss, reporting -$0.01 versus $0.13 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 Media industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 2326.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.03 million to -$0.67 million.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, CHINANET ONLINE HOLDINGS's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for CHINANET ONLINE HOLDINGS is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 26.26%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -12.88% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1.35 million or 213.45% 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: ChinaNet Online Holdings Ratings Report

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Maxcom Telecomunicaciones SAB de CV ( MXT) was another company that pushed the Technology sector lower today. Maxcom Telecomunicaciones SAB de CV was down $0.04 (2.6%) to $1.47 on light volume. Throughout the day, 100 shares of Maxcom Telecomunicaciones SAB de CV exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.47-$1.47 after having opened the day at $1.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.51.

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 $224.0 million and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are down 8.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 43.92%, 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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