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The Technology sector as a whole closed the day up 1.1% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.8%. Laggards within the Technology sector included Maxcom Telecomunicaciones SAB de CV ( MXT), down 7.2%, Sajan ( SAJA), down 1.8%, Professional Diversity Network ( IPDN), down 4.2%, Electro-Sensors ( ELSE), down 6.4% and One Horizon Group ( OHGI), down 2.0%.

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

Professional Diversity Network ( IPDN) is one of the companies that pushed the Technology sector lower today. Professional Diversity Network was down $0.19 (4.2%) to $4.31 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,195 shares of Professional Diversity Network exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.31-$4.56 after having opened the day at $4.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.50.

Professional Diversity Network, Inc. operates online professional networking communities with career resources in the United States. Professional Diversity Network has a market cap of $56.8 million and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are down 2.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Professional Diversity Network a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on IPDN 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 266.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.13 million to -$0.49 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 Internet Software & Services industry and the overall market, PROFESSIONAL DIVERSITY NETWK'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 -$0.77 million or 2161.76% 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 share price of PROFESSIONAL DIVERSITY NETWK has not done very well: it is down 7.71% 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. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • PROFESSIONAL DIVERSITY NETWK 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 year. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, PROFESSIONAL DIVERSITY NETWK swung to a loss, reporting -$0.23 versus $0.27 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.19 versus -$0.23).

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Professional Diversity Network Ratings Report

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At the close, Sajan ( SAJA) was down $0.09 (1.8%) to $5.06 on light volume. Throughout the day, 500 shares of Sajan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $5.06-$5.06 after having opened the day at $5.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.15.

Sajan has a market cap of $20.7 million and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are down 12.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 $0.09 (7.2%) to $1.20 on average volume. Throughout the day, 861 shares of Maxcom Telecomunicaciones SAB de CV exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.20-$1.24 after having opened the day at $1.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.29.

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 $577.9 million and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are down 20.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 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 MXT 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 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $3.08 million or 76.18% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • MXT's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 39.56%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last 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.
  • MAXCOM TELECOMUNICACIONES SA reported significant earnings per share improvement 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, MAXCOM TELECOMUNICACIONES SA reported poor results of -$0.57 versus -$0.11 in the prior year.
  • 45.07% 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 -3.85% 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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