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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 42 points (0.2%) at 17,616 as of Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, 3:25 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,612 issues advancing vs. 1,417 declining with 142 unchanged.

The Technology sector as a whole closed the day up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.3%. Top gainers within the Technology sector included TSR ( TSRI), up 2.5%, Qualstar ( QBAK), up 3.4%, Professional Diversity Network ( IPDN), up 1.6%, Bridgeline Digital ( BLIN), up 1.6% and Internet Initiative Japan ( IIJI), up 9.9%.

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 $0.01 (1.6%) to $0.65 on light volume. Throughout the day, 8,200 shares of Bridgeline Digital exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 34,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.63-$0.67 after having opened the day at $0.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.64.

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 $14.1 million and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are down 39.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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'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 28.09%, 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.
  • 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 25.25%.

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

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At the close, Professional Diversity Network ( IPDN) was up $0.07 (1.6%) to $4.50 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 26,458 shares of Professional Diversity Network exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.50-$4.50 after having opened the day at $4.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.43.

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 Friday. 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 14.29% 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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Qualstar ( QBAK) was another company that pushed the Technology sector higher today. Qualstar was up $0.04 (3.4%) to $1.20 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 86,908 shares of Qualstar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.11-$1.35 after having opened the day at $1.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.16.

Qualstar Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and sells power supplies and data storage systems worldwide. It operates through two segments, Power Supplies and Tape Libraries. Qualstar has a market cap of $14.2 million and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are up 2.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Qualstar a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Qualstar as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on QBAK go as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for QUALSTAR CORP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 31.58%. Despite the low profit margin, it has increased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, QBAK's net profit margin of -24.62% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • QBAK has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 14.29% 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.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Computers & Peripherals industry and the overall market, QUALSTAR CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • QBAK, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 13.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 4.6%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • QUALSTAR CORP reported significant earnings per share improvement 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 year. During the past fiscal year, QUALSTAR CORP continued to lose money by earning -$0.47 versus -$0.85 in the prior year.

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

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