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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 141.38 points (-0.8%) at 17,673 as of Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,370 issues advancing vs. 1,694 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.5%. Top gainers within the Financial Services industry included

Atlanticus Holdings

(

ATLC

), up 1.5%,

Value Line

(

VALU

), up 2.3%,

Nuveen NJ Municipal Value Fund

(

NJV

), up 2.3%,

US Global Investors

(

GROW

), up 2.5% and

LiqTech International

(

LIQT

), up 15.7%.

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

LiqTech International

(

LIQT

) is one of the companies that pushed the Financial Services industry higher today. LiqTech International was up $0.11 (15.7%) to $0.81 on light volume. Throughout the day, 63,004 shares of LiqTech International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 134,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.71-$0.83 after having opened the day at $0.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.70.

LiqTech International has a market cap of $31.4 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 26.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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At the close,

US Global Investors

(

GROW

) was up $0.08 (2.5%) to $3.27 on light volume. Throughout the day, 9,406 shares of US Global Investors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 24,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.14-$3.29 after having opened the day at $3.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.19.

U.S. Global Investors, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to investment companies. It also provides its services to pooled investment vehicles. The firm manages equity and fixed income mutual funds for its clients. US Global Investors has a market cap of $43.1 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate US Global Investors a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates US Global Investors as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on GROW go as follows:

  • U S GLOBAL INVESTORS INC's earnings have gone downhill when comparing its most recently reported quarter with the same quarter a year earlier. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, U S GLOBAL INVESTORS INC reported poor results of -$0.04 versus $0.00 in the prior year.
  • 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 Capital Markets industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 245.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.04 million to -$0.13 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, U S GLOBAL INVESTORS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • GROW, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 0.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 14.5%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 75.05% to -$0.11 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, U S GLOBAL INVESTORS INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -217.06%.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

US Global Investors Ratings Report

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Value Line

(

VALU

) was another company that pushed the Financial Services industry higher today. Value Line was up $0.35 (2.3%) to $15.50 on light volume. Throughout the day, 121 shares of Value Line exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $15.50-$15.50 after having opened the day at $15.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.15.

Value Line, Inc. produces and sells investment related periodical publications primarily in the United States. Value Line has a market cap of $149.2 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Value Line a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Value Line as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on VALU go as follows:

  • The stock has not only risen over the past year, it has done so at a faster pace than the S&P 500, reflecting the earnings growth and other positive factors similar to those we have cited here. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 8.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.8%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the 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 Media industry average. The net income increased by 22.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $1.62 million to $1.98 million.
  • The gross profit margin for VALUE LINE INC is rather low; currently it is at 18.13%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the weak results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 21.40% is above that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1.61 million or 518.13% 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:

Value Line Ratings Report

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