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One out of the three major indices traded up today Two out of the three major indices traded up today The three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 5.88 points (0.0%) at 16,315 as of Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,884 issues advancing vs. 1,209 declining with 128 unchanged.

The Services sector as a whole closed the day up 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.2%. Top gainers within the Services sector included

Crystal Rock Holdings

(

CRVP

), up 3.0%,

DLH Holdings

(

DLHC

), up 13.9%,

Nevada Gold & Casinos

TheStreet Recommends

(

UWN

), up 5.1%,

China Yida

(

CNYD

), up 6.6% and

Spar Group

(

SGRP

), up 2.8%.

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

Spar Group

(

SGRP

) is one of the companies that pushed the Services sector higher today. Spar Group was up $0.04 (2.8%) to $1.49 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,266 shares of Spar Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 22,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.45-$1.51 after having opened the day at $1.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.45.

SPAR Group Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides merchandising and other marketing services worldwide. Spar Group has a market cap of $31.7 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 22.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Spar Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Spar Group as a

hold

. 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 and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SGRP go as follows:

  • SGRP's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 9.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 12.8%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.39, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. To add to this, SGRP has a quick ratio of 2.18, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • SPAR GROUP INC reported significant earnings per share improvement 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 year. During the past fiscal year, SPAR GROUP INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.15 versus $0.13 in the prior year.
  • The gross profit margin for SPAR GROUP INC is rather low; currently it is at 24.90%. Regardless of SGRP's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, SGRP's net profit margin of 1.86% is significantly lower than the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1.92 million or 197.21% 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:

Spar Group Ratings Report

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At the close,

China Yida

(

CNYD

) was up $0.18 (6.6%) to $2.90 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,906 shares of China Yida exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.59-$2.93 after having opened the day at $2.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.72.

China Yida Holding, Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates in the tourism and advertisement businesses in the People's Republic of China. The company operates through two segments, Advertisement and Tourism. China Yida has a market cap of $11.2 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 1.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate China Yida a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates China Yida 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, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CNYD go as follows:

  • CHINA YIDA HOLDING CO's earnings per share declined by 26.5% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, CHINA YIDA HOLDING CO swung to a loss, reporting -$4.37 versus $0.06 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 Media industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 61.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$3.12 million to -$5.03 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, CHINA YIDA HOLDING CO's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 33.11%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 26.47% 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.
  • CNYD, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 9.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 10.6%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

China Yida Ratings Report

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Nevada Gold & Casinos

(

UWN

) was another company that pushed the Services sector higher today. Nevada Gold & Casinos was up $0.06 (5.1%) to $1.23 on light volume. Throughout the day, 8,334 shares of Nevada Gold & Casinos exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 20,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.17-$1.23 after having opened the day at $1.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.17.

Nevada Gold & Casinos, Inc., a gaming company, is engaged in financing, developing, owning, and operating gaming properties and projects primarily in Washington and South Dakota. The company operates in three segments: Washington Gold, South Dakota Gold, and Corporate. Nevada Gold & Casinos has a market cap of $18.8 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 14.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Nevada Gold & Casinos a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nevada Gold & Casinos as a

hold

. 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 and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on UWN go as follows:

  • UWN's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 6.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.5%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.42, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. To add to this, UWN has a quick ratio of 1.72, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 36.98% is the gross profit margin for NEVADA GOLD & CASINOS INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, UWN's net profit margin of 2.22% significantly trails the industry average.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry and the overall market, NEVADA GOLD & CASINOS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Nevada Gold & Casinos Ratings Report

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