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3 Stocks Pushing The Diversified Services Industry Lower

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The Diversified Services industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was unchanged. Laggards within the Diversified Services industry included Spar Group ( SGRP), down 4.4%, VirtualScopics ( VSCP), down 2.5%, PDI ( PDII), down 3.6%, MGT Capital Investments ( MGT), down 1.5% and Birner Dental Management Services ( BDMS), down 2.1%.

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

PDI ( PDII) is one of the companies that pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today. PDI was down $0.15 (3.6%) to $3.96 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,124 shares of PDI exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.96-$4.08 after having opened the day at $3.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.11.

PDI, Inc. provides outsourced commercial services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and healthcare companies in the United States. PDI has a market cap of $62.9 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 14.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates PDI a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates PDI as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PDII 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 Health Care Providers & Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 175.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $2.13 million to -$1.61 million.
  • The gross profit margin for PDI INC is rather low; currently it is at 16.98%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -4.91% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$6.46 million or 628.88% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • The share price of PDI INC has not done very well: it is down 13.40% 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. 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.
  • PDI 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 reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, PDI INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.31 versus -$1.75 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 32.3% in earnings (-$0.41 versus -$0.31).

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

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