3 Stocks Pushing The Technology Sector Lower

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The Technology sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.1%. Laggards within the Technology sector included GRAVITY ( GRVY), down 4.4%, LGL Group ( LGL), down 3.7%, One Horizon Group ( OHGI), down 1.6%, Electro-Sensors ( ELSE), down 2.5% and Sajan ( SAJA), down 5.6%.

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

Stamps.com ( STMP) is one of the companies that pushed the Technology sector lower today. Stamps.com was down $1.15 (2.5%) to $45.38 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 181,363 shares of Stamps.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 100,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $44.14-$46.89 after having opened the day at $46.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.53.

Stamps.com Inc. provides Internet-based postage solutions in the United States. Stamps.com has a market cap of $701.0 million and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are up 10.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Stamps.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on STMP go as follows:

  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Internet Software & Services industry average. The net income increased by 8.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $8.76 million to $9.47 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 27.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 21.1%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • STMP 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.
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Internet Software & Services industry and the overall market, STAMPS.COM INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Stamps.com Ratings Report

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At the close, Sajan ( SAJA) was down $0.35 (5.6%) to $5.90 on light volume. Throughout the day, 600 shares of Sajan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $5.90-$6.01 after having opened the day at $6.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.25.

Sajan has a market cap of $22.8 million and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are down 3.5% 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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LGL Group ( LGL) was another company that pushed the Technology sector lower today. LGL Group was down $0.14 (3.7%) to $3.67 on light volume. Throughout the day, 200 shares of LGL Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.67-$3.71 after having opened the day at $3.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.81.

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 $10.4 million and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are down 29.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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.

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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 35.97%, 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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