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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 47 points (0.3%) at 18,019 as of Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,931 issues advancing vs. 1,153 declining with 128 unchanged.

The Electronics industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.4%. Top gainers within the Electronics industry included CPS Technologies ( CPSH), up 5.3%, LGL Group ( LGL), up 3.9%, Eltek ( ELTK), up 8.4%, Data I/O ( DAIO), up 2.2% and SMTC ( SMTX), up 2.5%.

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

SMTC ( SMTX) is one of the companies that pushed the Electronics industry higher today. SMTC was up $0.04 (2.5%) to $1.66 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,300 shares of SMTC exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 24,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.63-$1.66 after having opened the day at $1.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.62.

SMTC Corporation provides advanced electronics manufacturing services worldwide. SMTC has a market cap of $26.8 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 8.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate SMTC a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates SMTC as a sell. 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, poor profit margins and generally high debt management risk.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SMTX go as follows:

  • SMTC CORP 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 two years. During the past fiscal year, SMTC CORP swung to a loss, reporting -$0.73 versus $0.46 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 195.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.62 million to -$0.59 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, SMTC CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for SMTC CORP is currently extremely low, coming in at 10.38%. Regardless of SMTX's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, SMTX's net profit margin of -1.05% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • The share price of SMTC CORP has not done very well: it is down 15.69% 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. 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: SMTC Ratings Report

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At the close, Data I/O ( DAIO) was up $0.07 (2.2%) to $3.20 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,456 shares of Data I/O exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.13-$3.20 after having opened the day at $3.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.13.

Data I/O Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells programming systems for electronic device manufacturers worldwide. The company's programming system products are used to program integrated circuits (ICs) with the specific data necessary for the ICs. Data I/O has a market cap of $24.8 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 6.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Data I/O a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Data I/O as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has experienced relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on DAIO go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 2.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 15.9%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • DAIO 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. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 2.58, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • DATA I/O 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, DATA I/O CORP continued to lose money by earning -$0.33 versus -$0.80 in the prior year.
  • In its most recent trading session, DAIO 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. 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.
  • 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, DATA I/O CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Data I/O Ratings Report

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LGL Group ( LGL) was another company that pushed the Electronics industry higher today. LGL Group was up $0.15 (3.9%) to $4.00 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 10,185 shares of LGL Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.90-$4.04 after having opened the day at $3.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.85.

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 $10.1 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 7.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate LGL Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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 27.92%, 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, underperformed when compared the industry average of 2.7%. 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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