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3 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Lower

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The Services sector as a whole closed the day down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which was unchanged. Laggards within the Services sector included Bowl America ( BWL.A), down 6.3%, Birks Group ( BGI), down 1.9%, Haverty Furniture Companies ( HVT.A), down 3.4%, Sino-Global Shipping America ( SINO), down 7.9% and QKL Stores ( QKLS), down 4.8%.

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

DXP ( DXPE) is one of the companies that pushed the Services sector lower today. DXP was down $42.79 (39.3%) to $66.13 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,830,390 shares of DXP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 88,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $66.00-$88.39 after having opened the day at $88.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $108.92.

DXP Enterprises, Inc. is engaged in distributing maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) products, equipment, and services to industrial customers in the United States. It operates through three segments: Service Centers, Supply Chain Services, and Innovative Pumping Solutions. DXP has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the wholesale industry. Shares are down 5.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate DXP a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates DXP as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on DXPE go as follows:

  • DXPE's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 2.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.1%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.66, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.33, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • DXP ENTERPRISES INC has improved earnings per share by 19.6% 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. During the past fiscal year, DXP ENTERPRISES INC increased its bottom line by earning $3.94 versus $3.35 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.19 versus $3.94).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the Trading Companies & Distributors industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 20.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $14.07 million to $16.90 million.
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 85.08% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Looking ahead, the stock's sharp rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.

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

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