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The Electronics industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.6%. Laggards within the Electronics industry included Vicon Industries ( VII), down 3.2%, Trio-Tech International ( TRT), down 4.5%, Aetrium ( ATRM), down 2.8%, Forward Industries ( FORD), down 5.1% and Luna Innovations ( LUNA), down 3.8%.

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

LG Display ( LPL) is one of the companies that pushed the Electronics industry lower today. LG Display was down $0.34 (2.1%) to $16.19 on light volume. Throughout the day, 133,008 shares of LG Display exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 291,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $16.15-$16.30 after having opened the day at $16.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.53.

LG Display Co., Ltd. manufactures and sells thin film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels in the Republic of Korea, the United States, Europe, China, and rest of Asia. LG Display has a market cap of $11.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 36.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate LG Display a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates LG Display as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LPL go as follows:

  • This stock has managed to rise its share value by 31.15% over the past twelve months. Setting our sights on the months ahead, however, we feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The implication is that its reduced upside potential is not good enough to warrant further investment at this time.
  • LG DISPLAY CO LTD's earnings have gone downhill when comparing its most recently reported quarter with the same quarter a year earlier. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, LG DISPLAY CO LTD increased its bottom line by earning $0.56 versus $0.31 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.26 versus $0.56).
  • LPL, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 9.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 14.2%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 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 Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, LG DISPLAY CO LTD underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • 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 2242.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $3.51 million to -$75.10 million.

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

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At the close, Luna Innovations ( LUNA) was down $0.05 (3.8%) to $1.28 on average volume. Throughout the day, 55,839 shares of Luna Innovations exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 37,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.25-$1.36 after having opened the day at $1.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.33.

Luna Innovations Incorporated develops, manufactures, and markets fiber optic test and measurement, sensing, and instrumentation products to measure, monitor, protect, and enhance the processes in the telecommunications, aerospace, automotive, energy, and defense industries worldwide. Luna Innovations has a market cap of $19.6 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 5.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Luna Innovations as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LUNA go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1.44 million or 427.57% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Professional Services industry and the overall market, LUNA INNOVATIONS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for LUNA INNOVATIONS INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 34.69%. Regardless of LUNA's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, LUNA's net profit margin of 191.00% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • LUNA INNOVATIONS INC has improved earnings per share by 11.1% 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, LUNA INNOVATIONS INC reported poor results of -$0.30 versus -$0.19 in the prior year.
  • The stock price has risen over the past year, but it has underperformed the S&P 500 so far. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, we do not believe this stock offers ample reward opportunity to compensate for the risks, despite the fact that it rose over the past year.

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

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Aetrium ( ATRM) was another company that pushed the Electronics industry lower today. Aetrium was down $0.14 (2.8%) to $5.10 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 10,305 shares of Aetrium exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.80-$5.25 after having opened the day at $5.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.25.

Aetrium Incorporated designs, manufactures, and markets various electromechanical equipment used in handling and testing integrated circuits (ICs). Aetrium has a market cap of $5.5 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 23.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aetrium as a sell. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its disappointing return on equity.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ATRM go as follows:

  • 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 Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry and the overall market, AETRIUM INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 40.64% is the gross profit margin for AETRIUM INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of ATRM's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, ATRM's net profit margin of -9.08% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 150.03% to $0.64 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, AETRIUM INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -16.51%.
  • ATRM's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.01 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.34, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, and has traded in line with the S&P 500. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, we do not believe this stock offers ample reward opportunity to compensate for the risks, despite the fact that it rose over the past year.

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

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