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Two out of the three major indices traded up today One out of the three major indices traded up today The three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 10.22 points (-0.1%) at 17,540 as of Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,528 issues advancing vs. 1,554 declining with 135 unchanged.

The Electronics industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.3%. Top gainers within the Electronics industry included Qualstar ( QBAK), up 5.8%, Schmitt Industries ( SMIT), up 2.1%, Eltek ( ELTK), up 5.0%, Dynasil Corp of America ( DYSL), up 4.7% and IEC Electronics ( IEC), up 2.6%.

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

IEC Electronics ( IEC) is one of the companies that pushed the Electronics industry higher today. IEC Electronics was up $0.10 (2.6%) to $3.90 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 15,164 shares of IEC Electronics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.85-$3.92 after having opened the day at $3.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.80.

IEC Electronics Corp. provides electronic contract manufacturing services to advanced technology companies in the United States. IEC Electronics has a market cap of $39.5 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 18.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on IEC go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.94 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. To add to this, IEC has a quick ratio of 0.51, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • The gross profit margin for IEC ELECTRONICS CORP is currently extremely low, coming in at 11.05%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -16.83% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$4.15 million or 589.85% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • IEC has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 14.26% from its price level of one year ago. 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.
  • 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.

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

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At the close, Dynasil Corp of America ( DYSL) was up $0.07 (4.7%) to $1.49 on average volume. Throughout the day, 15,329 shares of Dynasil Corp of America exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.48-$1.53 after having opened the day at $1.48 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 $23.6 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 0.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Dynasil Corp of America as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on DYSL 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 Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 136.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.27 million to -$0.10 million.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry and the overall market, DYNASIL CORP OF AMERICA's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $1.01 million or 30.04% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • The share price of DYNASIL CORP OF AMERICA has not done very well: it is down 12.93% 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. 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.
  • DYNASIL CORP OF AMERICA 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, DYNASIL CORP OF AMERICA turned its bottom line around by earning $0.13 versus -$0.59 in the prior year.

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

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Qualstar ( QBAK) was another company that pushed the Electronics industry higher today. Qualstar was up $0.06 (5.8%) to $1.10 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,199 shares of Qualstar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.03-$1.10 after having opened the day at $1.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.04.

Qualstar Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and sells power supplies and data storage systems worldwide. It operates through two segments, Power Supplies and Tape Libraries. Qualstar has a market cap of $13.4 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 21.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Qualstar a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Qualstar 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 QBAK go as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for QUALSTAR CORP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 34.97%. Despite the low profit margin, it has increased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, QBAK's net profit margin of -17.36% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • QBAK has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 22.97% from its price level of one year ago. 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.
  • 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 Computers & Peripherals industry and the overall market, QUALSTAR CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • QUALSTAR 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, QUALSTAR CORP continued to lose money by earning -$0.47 versus -$0.85 in the prior year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Computers & Peripherals industry. The net income increased by 77.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$2.17 million to -$0.49 million.

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

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