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The Technology sector as a whole closed the day down 1.5% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.3%. Laggards within the Technology sector included One Horizon Group ( OHGI), down 28.8%, GRAVITY ( GRVY), down 5.6%, LookSmart ( LOOK), down 2.1%, LGL Group ( LGL), down 8.2% and TigerLogic ( TIGR), down 5.7%.

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

BT Group ( BT) is one of the companies that pushed the Technology sector lower today. BT Group was down $1.98 (3.1%) to $62.78 on average volume. Throughout the day, 174,535 shares of BT Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 170,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $62.49-$63.44 after having opened the day at $63.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.76.

BT Group plc provides communications services worldwide. The company operates through BT Global Services, BT Business, BT Consumer, BT Wholesale, and Openreach segments. BT Group has a market cap of $52.2 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are up 4.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate BT Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates BT Group as a hold. The company's strongest point has been its expanding profit margins. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on BT go as follows:

  • BT GROUP PLC' earnings per share from the most recent quarter came in slightly below the year earlier quarter. 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, BT GROUP PLC increased its bottom line by earning $4.09 versus $3.60 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.36 versus $4.09).
  • BT, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 1.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 11.4%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the Diversified Telecommunication Services industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has significantly decreased by 33.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1,025.30 million to $684.38 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $1,689.25 million or 19.73% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 19.73%, BT GROUP PLC is in line with the industry average cash flow growth rate of -23.63%.
  • In its most recent trading session, BT has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. 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.

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

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At the close, LGL Group ( LGL) was down $0.34 (8.2%) to $3.80 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,450 shares of LGL Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.80-$3.80 after having opened the day at $3.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.14.

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 $10.7 million and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are up 15.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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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 weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LGL go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.52 million or 316.73% 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 29.35%, 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • LGL, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 0.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 8.5%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.

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

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LookSmart ( LOOK) was another company that pushed the Technology sector lower today. LookSmart was down $0.02 (2.1%) to $0.77 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,413 shares of LookSmart exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.68-$0.79 after having opened the day at $0.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.79.

LookSmart, Ltd. provides search and display advertising network solutions in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. LookSmart has a market cap of $4.5 million and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are up 10.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates LookSmart as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LOOK 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 36.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.95 million to -$1.30 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 Internet Software & Services industry and the overall market, LOOKSMART LTD's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 65.00%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 27.77% 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.
  • LOOKSMART LTD's earnings per share declined by 27.8% 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, LOOKSMART LTD continued to lose money by earning -$0.93 versus -$1.92 in the prior year.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 28.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 20.1%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

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

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