3 Stocks Pushing The Automotive Industry Lower

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The Automotive industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.2%. Laggards within the Automotive industry included Marine Products ( MPX), down 2.4%, Remy International ( REMY), down 3.6%, Spartan Motors ( SPAR), down 1.9%, Fuel Systems Solutions ( FSYS), down 2.6% and Fox Factory ( FOXF), down 2.0%.

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

Spartan Motors ( SPAR) is one of the companies that pushed the Automotive industry lower today. Spartan Motors was down $0.09 (1.9%) to $4.69 on light volume. Throughout the day, 71,261 shares of Spartan Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 173,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.66-$4.80 after having opened the day at $4.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.78.

Spartan Motors, Inc, through its subsidiaries, engineers, manufactures, and sells heavy-duty and custom vehicles in the United States, Canada, South America, and Asia. Spartan Motors has a market cap of $162.8 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 28.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Spartan Motors a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Spartan Motors as a hold. 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 and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SPAR go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 10.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 33.1%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • SPAR's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.03 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.20, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • SPARTAN MOTORS INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. 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, SPARTAN MOTORS INC reported poor results of -$0.18 versus -$0.07 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.05 versus -$0.18).
  • The gross profit margin for SPARTAN MOTORS INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 11.73%. Regardless of SPAR's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -1.67% trails the industry average.
  • SPAR has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 22.98% 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.

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

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