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

China Metro-Rural Holdings

(

CNR

), up 2.5%,

Taitron Components

(

TAIT

), up 2.0%,

Bioanalytical Systems

(

BASI

), up 3.3%,

Coast Distribution System

(

CRV

), up 3.3% and

Nevada Gold & Casinos

(

UWN

), up 1.6%.

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

Nevada Gold & Casinos

(

UWN

) is one of the companies that pushed the Services sector higher today. Nevada Gold & Casinos was up $0.02 (1.6%) to $1.25 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 50,380 shares of Nevada Gold & Casinos exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.23-$1.27 after having opened the day at $1.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.23.

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 $20.0 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 1.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Nevada Gold & Casinos a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Nevada Gold & Casinos

as a

buy

. 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on UWN go as follows:

  • UWN's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 9.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.1%. 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, 0.35, 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 2.12, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • NEVADA GOLD & CASINOS 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 two years. During the past fiscal year, NEVADA GOLD & CASINOS INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.03 versus $0.00 in the prior year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry. The net income increased by 88.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.22 million to $0.42 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Nevada Gold & Casinos Ratings Report

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At the close,

Bioanalytical Systems

(

BASI

) was up $0.07 (3.3%) to $2.17 on light volume. Throughout the day, 200 shares of Bioanalytical Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.10-$2.17 after having opened the day at $2.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.10.

Bioanalytical Systems, Inc. provides drug discovery and development services, and analytical instruments for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, academic, and government organizations in North America, the Pacific Rim, Europe, and internationally. Bioanalytical Systems has a market cap of $16.6 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 6.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Bioanalytical Systems a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Bioanalytical Systems 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, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on BASI go as follows:

  • BIOANALYTICAL SYSTEMS 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. The company has suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, BIOANALYTICAL SYSTEMS INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.15 versus $0.09 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 Life Sciences Tools & Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 260.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.25 million to -$0.40 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 Life Sciences Tools & Services industry and the overall market, BIOANALYTICAL SYSTEMS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for BIOANALYTICAL SYSTEMS INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 34.63%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -6.29% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 31.49%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 266.66% 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.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Bioanalytical Systems Ratings Report

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China Metro-Rural Holdings

(

CNR

) was another company that pushed the Services sector higher today. China Metro-Rural Holdings was up $0.02 (2.5%) to $0.89 on light volume. Throughout the day, 200 shares of China Metro-Rural Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.89-$0.89 after having opened the day at $0.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.87.

China Metro-Rural Holdings has a market cap of $64.7 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 5.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.