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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 29.64 points (-0.2%) at 18,195 as of Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, 3:25 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,400 issues advancing vs. 1,601 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Computer Hardware industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.4%. Top gainers within the Computer Hardware industry included China TechFaith Wireless Comm Tech ( CNTF), up 2.8%, Acorn Energy ( ACFN), up 3.2%, SMART Technologies ( SMT), up 4.9%, Key Tronic ( KTCC), up 4.1% and Imation ( IMN), up 2.5%.

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

SMART Technologies ( SMT) is one of the companies that pushed the Computer Hardware industry higher today. SMART Technologies was up $0.06 (4.9%) to $1.28 on average volume. Throughout the day, 101,984 shares of SMART Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 125,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.19-$1.28 after having opened the day at $1.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.22.

SMART Technologies Inc. designs, develops, and sells interactive technology products and solutions worldwide. SMART Technologies has a market cap of $146.6 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 3.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate SMART Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates SMART Technologies as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and generally high debt management risk.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SMT go as follows:

  • SMT'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 62.13%, 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. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 19.02 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio is weak, SMT's quick ratio is somewhat strong at 1.36, demonstrating the ability to handle short-term liquidity needs.
  • SMART TECHNOLOGIES INC 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. However, we anticipate underperformance relative to this pattern in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SMART TECHNOLOGIES INC turned its bottom line around by earning $0.16 versus -$0.45 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 103.1% in earnings (-$0.01 versus $0.16).
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 30.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 19.9%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • 46.15% is the gross profit margin for SMART TECHNOLOGIES INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, SMT's net profit margin of 7.36% significantly trails the industry average.

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

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At the close, Acorn Energy ( ACFN) was up $0.02 (3.2%) to $0.64 on light volume. Throughout the day, 73,689 shares of Acorn Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 185,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.60-$0.65 after having opened the day at $0.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.62.

Acorn Energy, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides technology driven solutions for energy infrastructure asset management worldwide. It offers oil and gas sensor systems, a fiber optic sensing system for the energy, commercial security, and defense markets. Acorn Energy has a market cap of $15.4 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 24.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Acorn Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Acorn Energy as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ACFN go as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for ACORN ENERGY INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 32.75%. Regardless of ACFN's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, ACFN's net profit margin of -68.25% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • ACFN'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 82.83%, 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 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, ACORN ENERGY INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • ACFN's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.26 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 1.00 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • ACORN ENERGY INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. 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, ACORN ENERGY INC reported poor results of -$1.60 versus -$0.94 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.71 versus -$1.60).

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

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China TechFaith Wireless Comm Tech ( CNTF) was another company that pushed the Computer Hardware industry higher today. China TechFaith Wireless Comm Tech was up $0.03 (2.8%) to $1.04 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 281,893 shares of China TechFaith Wireless Comm Tech exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 80,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.00-$1.05 after having opened the day at $1.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.01.

China Techfaith Wireless Communication Technology Limited is engaged in the original design, development, and sale of mobile handsets in the People's Republic of China and internationally. China TechFaith Wireless Comm Tech has a market cap of $52.9 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 9.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate China TechFaith Wireless Comm Tech a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates China TechFaith Wireless Comm Tech as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CNTF 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 Computers & Peripherals industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 1878.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.26 million to -$4.59 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Computers & Peripherals industry and the overall market, CHINA TECHFAITH WIRELESS-ADR's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for CHINA TECHFAITH WIRELESS-ADR is currently extremely low, coming in at 8.76%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -20.75% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • This stock's share value has moved by only 53.64% over the past year. 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.
  • CHINA TECHFAITH WIRELESS-ADR's earnings have gone downhill when comparing its most recently reported quarter with the same quarter a year earlier. Stable Earnings per share over the past year indicate the company has sound management over its earnings and share float. During the past fiscal year, CHINA TECHFAITH WIRELESS-ADR continued to lose money by earning -$0.05 versus -$0.06 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: China TechFaith Wireless Comm Tech Ratings Report

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