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The Technology sector as a whole closed the day down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.5%. Laggards within the Technology sector included GRAVITY ( GRVY), down 2.1%, LookSmart ( LOOK), down 6.5%, Digital Power ( DPW), down 7.3%, Electro-Sensors ( ELSE), down 1.6% and LGL Group ( LGL), down 2.4%.

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

Veeva Systems ( VEEV) is one of the companies that pushed the Technology sector lower today. Veeva Systems was down $7.12 (21.8%) to $25.58 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 17,574,948 shares of Veeva Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 833,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $24.42-$27.75 after having opened the day at $27.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.69.

Veeva Systems Inc. provides industry-specific cloud-based software solutions for the life sciences industry in North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, and Latin America. Veeva Systems has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are up 23.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Veeva Systems a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Veeva Systems 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 premium valuation.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on VEEV go as follows:

  • VEEV has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 10.55% from its price level of one year ago. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Health Care Technology industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 57.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $6.53 million to $10.26 million.
  • The gross profit margin for VEEVA SYSTEMS INC is rather high; currently it is at 64.93%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 12.23% trails the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has improved to $34.26 million from having none in the same quarter last year. Since the company had no net operating cash flow for the prior period, we cannot calculate a percent change in order to compare its growth rate with that of its industry average.

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

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At the close, LGL Group ( LGL) was down $0.10 (2.4%) to $4.00 on light volume. Throughout the day, 400 shares of LGL Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.00-$4.00 after having opened the day at $4.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.10.

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 $10.6 million and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are up 14.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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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 27.19%, 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 3.4%. 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 $0.06 (6.5%) to $0.83 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 36,904 shares of LookSmart exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.80-$0.99 after having opened the day at $0.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.89.

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 $4.3 million and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are up 24.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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 66.67%, 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 18.6%. 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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