3 Stocks Boosting The Technology Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices traded up today The three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 80 points (0.5%) at 17,464 as of Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, 3:25 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,610 issues advancing vs. 1,406 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Technology sector as a whole was unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.5%. Top gainers within the Technology sector included TigerLogic ( TIGR), up 4.9%, TSR ( TSRI), up 6.2%, Aetrium ( ATRM), up 12.3%, LGL Group ( LGL), up 3.0% and Bridgeline Digital ( BLIN), up 16.1%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

Bridgeline Digital ( BLIN) is one of the companies that pushed the Technology sector higher today. Bridgeline Digital was up $0.10 (16.1%) to $0.72 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 52,892 shares of Bridgeline Digital exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 30,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.68-$0.75 after having opened the day at $0.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.62.

Bridgeline Digital, Inc. develops iAPPS Web engagement management product platform and related digital solutions in the United States. Its iAPPS platform enables companies and developers to create Websites, Web applications, and online stores. Bridgeline Digital has a market cap of $13.7 million and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are down 41.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Bridgeline Digital a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Bridgeline Digital as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on BLIN 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 Internet Software & Services industry and the overall market, BRIDGELINE DIGITAL INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • BLIN has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 12.95% 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.
  • BRIDGELINE DIGITAL INC has improved earnings per share by 40.0% 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, BRIDGELINE DIGITAL INC reported poor results of -$0.23 versus -$0.07 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 26.1% in earnings (-$0.29 versus -$0.23).
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 0.95 is weak.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to -$1.22 million or 14.87% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, BRIDGELINE DIGITAL INC's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 26.90%.

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

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At the close, LGL Group ( LGL) was up $0.11 (3.0%) to $3.82 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,412 shares of LGL Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.73-$3.82 after having opened the day at $3.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.71.

The LGL Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and markets standard and custom-engineered electronic components in the United States and internationally. LGL Group has a market cap of $10.1 million and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are down 31.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate LGL Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates LGL Group as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LGL go as follows:

  • 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 Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry and the overall market, LGL GROUP INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for LGL GROUP INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 27.40%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -21.69% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.04 million or 108.23% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • LGL'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 37.50%, 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.
  • LGL GROUP INC 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, LGL GROUP INC reported poor results of -$3.16 versus -$0.51 in the prior year.

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

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Aetrium ( ATRM) was another company that pushed the Technology sector higher today. Aetrium was up $0.40 (12.3%) to $3.64 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 7,551 shares of Aetrium exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.30-$3.64 after having opened the day at $3.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.24.

Aetrium has a market cap of $4.0 million and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are down 49.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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