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3 Diversified Services Stocks Moving The Industry Upward

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 112 points (0.7%) at 16,695 as of Monday, May 12, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,429 issues advancing vs. 632 declining with 133 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry as a whole closed the day up 2.0% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.0%. Top gainers within the Diversified Services industry included Universal Security Instruments ( UUU), up 4.6%, Lime Energy ( LIME), up 2.6%, Willdan Group ( WLDN), up 1.8%, PDI ( PDII), up 5.0% and SmartPros ( SPRO), up 5.0%.

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

Willdan Group ( WLDN) is one of the companies that pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today. Willdan Group was up $0.09 (1.8%) to $5.11 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 20,879 shares of Willdan Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.03-$5.22 after having opened the day at $5.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.02.

Willdan Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides professional technical and consulting services to public agencies at various levels of government, public and private utilities, and commercial and industrial firms in the Unites States. Willdan Group has a market cap of $34.5 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 5.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Willdan Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Willdan Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on WLDN go as follows:

  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 125.00% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 106.19% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • WILLDAN GROUP 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, WILLDAN GROUP INC turned its bottom line around by earning $0.34 versus -$2.37 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.46 versus $0.34).
  • 39.97% is the gross profit margin for WILLDAN GROUP INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of WLDN's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, WLDN's net profit margin of 3.12% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Construction & Engineering industry and the overall market, WILLDAN GROUP INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$2.95 million or 543.24% 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: Willdan Group Ratings Report

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