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The Automotive industry as a whole closed the day down 1.1% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.3%. Laggards within the Automotive industry included Sypris Solutions ( SYPR), down 13.0%, Marine Products ( MPX), down 2.4%, UQM Technologies ( UQM), down 1.8%, Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), down 3.4% and Fuel Systems Solutions ( FSYS), down 4.5%.

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

UQM Technologies ( UQM) is one of the companies that pushed the Automotive industry lower today. UQM Technologies was down $0.02 (1.8%) to $1.10 on average volume. Throughout the day, 144,078 shares of UQM Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 144,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.05-$1.11 after having opened the day at $1.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.12.

UQM Technologies, Inc. develops, manufactures, and sells electric motors, generators, and power electronic controllers in the United States and internationally. UQM Technologies has a market cap of $44.9 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 47.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates UQM Technologies as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on UQM 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 Auto Components industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 43.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.92 million to -$1.31 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.89 million or 63.77% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 25.51%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 50.00% 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.
  • 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 Auto Components industry and the overall market, UQM TECHNOLOGIES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • UQM TECHNOLOGIES INC's earnings per share declined by 50.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, UQM TECHNOLOGIES INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.07 versus -$0.29 in the prior year. This year, the market expects earnings to be in line with last year (-$0.07 versus -$0.07).

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

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At the close, Marine Products ( MPX) was down $0.19 (2.4%) to $7.91 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6,302 shares of Marine Products exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $7.86-$8.22 after having opened the day at $8.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.10.

Marine Products Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells recreational fiberglass powerboats in the sportboat, deckboat, cruiser, sport yacht, and sport fishing markets worldwide. Marine Products has a market cap of $322.1 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 19.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Marine Products a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Marine Products as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on MPX go as follows:

  • MPX has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.30, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • MARINE PRODUCTS CORP reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. Stable earnings per share over the past two years indicate the company has sound management over its earnings and share float. We anticipate the company beginning to experience more growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, MARINE PRODUCTS CORP's EPS of $0.19 remained unchanged from the prior years' EPS of $0.19. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.26 versus $0.19).
  • MPX, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 3.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 9.7%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to not be hurting the bottom line, shown by stable earnings per share.
  • 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. In comparison to the other companies in the Leisure Equipment & Products industry and the overall market, MARINE PRODUCTS CORP's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for MARINE PRODUCTS CORP is rather low; currently it is at 18.37%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 4.96% trails that of the industry average.

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

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Sypris Solutions ( SYPR) was another company that pushed the Automotive industry lower today. Sypris Solutions was down $0.48 (13.0%) to $3.21 on average volume. Throughout the day, 50,564 shares of Sypris Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 34,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.21-$3.71 after having opened the day at $3.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.69.

Sypris Solutions, Inc. provides outsourced services and specialty products primarily in the United States, Mexico, Denmark, and the United Kingdom. Sypris Solutions has a market cap of $70.0 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 20.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Sypris Solutions a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sypris Solutions as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, revenue growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SYPR go as follows:

  • Compared to its price level of one year ago, SYPR is up 9.00% to its most recent closing price of 3.39. Looking ahead, our view is that this company's fundamentals should not have much impact in either direction, allowing the stock to generally move up or down based on the push and pull of the broad market.
  • SYPR's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 8.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 13.3%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • SYPRIS SOLUTIONS 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, SYPRIS SOLUTIONS INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.52 versus $0.52 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.22 versus -$0.52).
  • 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 Auto Components industry and the overall market, SYPRIS SOLUTIONS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for SYPRIS SOLUTIONS INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 14.51%. Regardless of SYPR'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 0.39% trails the industry average.

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

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