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All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 17.89 points (-0.1%) at 17,537 as of Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, 3:25 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,893 issues advancing vs. 1,131 declining with 143 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry as a whole was unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.1%. Top gainers within the Diversified Services industry included

General Employment

(

JOB

), up 9.4%,

Cambium Learning Group

(

ABCD

), up 8.6%,

PDI

(

PDII

), up 11.3%,

Management Network Group

(

TMNG

), up 9.3% and

Compx International

(

CIX

), up 6.0%.

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

Management Network Group

(

TMNG

) is one of the companies that pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today. Management Network Group was up $0.35 (9.3%) to $4.10 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,561 shares of Management Network Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.98-$4.10 after having opened the day at $3.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.75.

Management Network Group has a market cap of $37.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 36.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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At the close,

PDI

(

PDII

) was up $0.16 (11.3%) to $1.58 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 824,932 shares of PDI exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 37,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.50-$1.93 after having opened the day at $1.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.42.

PDI, Inc. provides outsourced commercial services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and healthcare companies in the United States. PDI has a market cap of $24.6 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 70.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 200.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.88 million to -$2.66 million.
  • The gross profit margin for PDI INC is rather low; currently it is at 16.38%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -8.41% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to -$1.83 million or 1.61% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow PDI INC is still fairing well by exceeding its industry average cash flow growth rate of -26.60%.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 60.91%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 183.33% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • 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 111.3% in earnings (-$0.66 versus -$0.31).

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

PDI Ratings Report

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Cambium Learning Group

(

ABCD

) was another company that pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today. Cambium Learning Group was up $0.13 (8.6%) to $1.64 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 177,297 shares of Cambium Learning Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.47-$1.64 after having opened the day at $1.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.51.

Cambium Learning Group, Inc. operates as an educational solutions and services company in the United States. It operates in four segments: Voyager Sopris Learning (VSL), Learning A-Z, ExploreLearning, and Kurzweil/IntelliTools. Cambium Learning Group has a market cap of $67.8 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 9.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Cambium Learning Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cambium Learning Group as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ABCD 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 Diversified Consumer Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 398.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.43 million to -$1.29 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $0.37 million or 98.65% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • ABCD, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 6.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 15.3%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • CAMBIUM LEARNING GROUP 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 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, CAMBIUM LEARNING GROUP INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.31 versus -$2.72 in the prior year.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago, the stock is now trading at a higher level, and has traded in line with the S&P 500. 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.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Cambium Learning Group Ratings Report

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