3 Stocks Pushing The Technology Sector Lower

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The Technology sector as a whole closed the day down 1.8% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.6%. Laggards within the Technology sector included Maxcom Telecomunicaciones SAB de CV ( MXT), down 5.3%, Sajan ( SAJA), down 2.9%, Altair Nanotechnologies ( ALTI), down 21.1%, Electro-Sensors ( ELSE), down 2.2% and TSR ( TSRI), down 4.8%.

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

Altair Nanotechnologies ( ALTI) is one of the companies that pushed the Technology sector lower today. Altair Nanotechnologies was down $0.20 (21.1%) to $0.75 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 87,152 shares of Altair Nanotechnologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.75-$1.05 after having opened the day at $0.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.95.

Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. develops, manufactures, and sells nano lithium titanate batteries and energy storage systems primarily in the United States and China. Altair Nanotechnologies has a market cap of $49.8 million and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are down 75.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Altair Nanotechnologies as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been an overall disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ALTI go as follows:

  • 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 Electrical Equipment industry and the overall market, ALTAIR NANOTECHNOLOGIES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.43, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.93 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to -$3.15 million or 36.28% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 3.06%.
  • Investors have driven up the company's shares by 85.34% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the future course of this stock, we feel that the risks involved in investing in ALTI do not compensate for any future upside potential, despite the fact that it has seen nice gains over the past 12 months.
  • ALTAIR NANOTECHNOLOGIES INC has improved earnings per share by 23.8% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, ALTAIR NANOTECHNOLOGIES INC continued to lose money by earning -$1.57 versus -$2.94 in the prior year.

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

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At the close, Sajan ( SAJA) was down $0.15 (2.9%) to $5.10 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,299 shares of Sajan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $5.06-$5.10 after having opened the day at $5.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.25.

Sajan has a market cap of $21.1 million and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are down 9.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Sajan a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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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 $0.08 (5.3%) to $1.42 on light volume. Throughout the day, 400 shares of Maxcom Telecomunicaciones SAB de CV exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.42-$1.43 after having opened the day at $1.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.50.

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 $663.0 million and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are down 8.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 52.74%, 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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