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3 Services Stocks Pushing The Sector Higher

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 68 points (0.4%) at 16,974 as of Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,593 issues advancing vs. 1,369 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Services sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.5%. Top gainers within the Services sector included Taitron Components ( TAIT), up 5.2%, Universal Security Instruments ( UUU), up 3.3%, General Employment ( JOB), up 2.9%, Radio One ( ROIA), up 2.4% and VirtualScopics ( VSCP), up 5.3%.

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

VirtualScopics ( VSCP) is one of the companies that pushed the Services sector higher today. VirtualScopics was up $0.23 (5.3%) to $4.51 on light volume. Throughout the day, 660 shares of VirtualScopics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.13-$4.51 after having opened the day at $4.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.28.

VirtualScopics, Inc. provides imaging solutions for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries. VirtualScopics has a market cap of $12.8 million and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 23.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates VirtualScopics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates VirtualScopics as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on VSCP go as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for VIRTUALSCOPICS INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 32.24%. Regardless of VSCP's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, VSCP's net profit margin of -27.44% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Life Sciences Tools & Services industry and the overall market, VIRTUALSCOPICS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • In its most recent trading session, VSCP has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, we do not believe this stock offers ample reward opportunity to compensate for the risks, despite the fact that it rose over the past year.
  • VSCP, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 18.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 7.1%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Life Sciences Tools & Services industry average. The net income increased by 42.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$1.11 million to -$0.65 million.

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

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