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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 110 points (0.6%) at 17,972 as of Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,425 issues advancing vs. 677 declining with 121 unchanged.

The Electronics industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.0%. Top gainers within the Electronics industry included Digital Power ( DPW), up 3.8%, Dynasil Corp of America ( DYSL), up 4.8%, IEC Electronics ( IEC), up 1.9%, Sigmatron International ( SGMA), up 2.1% and Superconductor Technologies ( SCON), up 2.3%.

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

Superconductor Technologies ( SCON) is one of the companies that pushed the Electronics industry higher today. Superconductor Technologies was up $0.06 (2.3%) to $2.70 on average volume. Throughout the day, 22,239 shares of Superconductor Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 28,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.65-$2.73 after having opened the day at $2.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.64.

Superconductor Technologies Inc. develops and commercializes high temperature superconductor (HTS) materials and related technologies in the United States. It provides interference elimination and network enhancement solutions to the commercial wireless industry. Superconductor Technologies has a market cap of $35.9 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 4.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Superconductor Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Superconductor Technologies as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SCON 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 Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry and the overall market, SUPERCONDUCTOR TECHNOLOGIES's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for SUPERCONDUCTOR TECHNOLOGIES is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 34.88%. Despite the low profit margin, it has increased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, SCON's net profit margin of -2804.65% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to -$2.35 million or 5.77% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 5.77%, SUPERCONDUCTOR TECHNOLOGIES is in line with the industry average cash flow growth rate of -7.93%.
  • SCON, with its very weak revenue results, has greatly underperformed against the industry average of 2.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues plummeted by 62.4%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry average. The net income increased by 30.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$3.45 million to -$2.41 million.

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

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At the close, IEC Electronics ( IEC) was up $0.08 (1.9%) to $4.23 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 18,097 shares of IEC Electronics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.10-$4.23 after having opened the day at $4.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.15.

IEC Electronics Corp. provides electronic contract manufacturing services to advanced technology companies in the United States. IEC Electronics has a market cap of $43.6 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 10.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate IEC Electronics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates IEC Electronics as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on IEC go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.03 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, IEC maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.92, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • The gross profit margin for IEC ELECTRONICS CORP is currently extremely low, coming in at 14.01%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -1.24% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry and the overall market, IEC ELECTRONICS CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • IEC, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 2.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 8.8%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, we do not believe this stock offers ample reward opportunity to compensate for the risks, despite the fact that it rose over the past year.

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

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Dynasil Corp of America ( DYSL) was another company that pushed the Electronics industry higher today. Dynasil Corp of America was up $0.07 (4.8%) to $1.49 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 35,475 shares of Dynasil Corp of America exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.42-$1.50 after having opened the day at $1.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.42.

Dynasil Corporation of America develops, manufactures, and markets detection, sensing, and analysis technology products for medical, industrial, and homeland security/defense sectors in the United States and internationally. Dynasil Corp of America has a market cap of $22.1 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 6.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Dynasil Corp of America a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dynasil Corp of America as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on DYSL go as follows:

  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, reflecting both the market's overall trend during that period and the fact that the company's earnings growth has been robust. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • DYNASIL CORP OF AMERICA 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 two years. During the past fiscal year, DYNASIL CORP OF AMERICA turned its bottom line around by earning $0.13 versus -$0.59 in the prior year.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, DYNASIL CORP OF AMERICA has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • 41.00% is the gross profit margin for DYNASIL CORP OF AMERICA which we consider to be strong. Regardless of DYSL's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 2.54% trails the industry average.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.51, 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 0.87 is weak.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Dynasil Corp of America Ratings Report

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