3 Stocks Driving The Telecommunications Industry Higher

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 121 points (0.7%) at 17,751 as of Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,248 issues advancing vs. 830 declining with 135 unchanged.

The Telecommunications industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.7%. Top gainers within the Telecommunications industry included B Communications ( BCOM), up 9.3%, Otelco ( OTEL), up 2.1%, Hong Kong Television Network ( HKTV), up 1.8%, Elephant Talk Communications ( ETAK), up 4.6% and Aware ( AWRE), up 2.4%.

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

Aware ( AWRE) is one of the companies that pushed the Telecommunications industry higher today. Aware was up $0.08 (2.4%) to $3.36 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 58,255 shares of Aware exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 21,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.16-$3.37 after having opened the day at $3.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.28.

Aware, Inc. provides software and services for the biometrics industry. The company's software products are used in government and commercial biometrics systems to identify or authenticate people. Aware has a market cap of $75.7 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 27.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Aware a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Aware as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on AWRE go as follows:

  • AWRE 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 16.11, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • AWARE INC 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. 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, AWARE INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.20 versus $0.16 in the prior year.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 41.81%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 75.00% 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $0.01 million or 99.17% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

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

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