Digital Ally (DGLY) Stock Closed Higher Today After AG Holder's Comments

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Digital Ally (DGLY) , which produces video imaging and audio recording products for use in law enforcement, surged 17.19% to close at $21 on heavy trading volume after U.S. Attorney General Holder commented on an investigation by the U.S. Justice Department that showed that Cleveland Police officers "engage in excessive force far too often, and [it] is neither isolated, nor sporadic," Reuters reports.

Kansas-based Digital Ally (DGLY) soared over 45% on Tuesday after President Obama announced a new plan that would set aside up to $75 million to buy body cameras for police officers across the U.S.

Additionally, the company previously saw an increase in interest in its body cameras in the wake of the initial protests and civil unrest that came as a response to the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO.

About 5.78 million shares changed hands by the market close in New York, compared to the daily average of 793,774 shares.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates DIGITAL ALLY INC as a Sell with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate DIGITAL ALLY INC (DGLY) a SELL. This is driven by some concerns, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally high debt management risk."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • DIGITAL ALLY INC 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 suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, DIGITAL ALLY INC reported poor results of -$1.14 versus -$0.99 in the prior year.
  • 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 Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 1376.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.07 million to -$0.99 million.
  • 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 Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry and the overall market, DIGITAL ALLY INC'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 -$0.60 million or 459.81% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • DGLY's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.75 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 0.47 is very low and demonstrates very weak liquidity.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: DGLY Ratings Report

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