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One 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 24.50 points (-0.2%) at 16,117 as of Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,202 issues advancing vs. 904 declining with 116 unchanged.

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

DLH Holdings

(

DLHC

), up 38.3%,

Universal Security Instruments

(

UUU

), up 1.7%,

National American University Holdings

(

NAUH

), up 4.9%,

EnviroStar

(

EVI

), up 4.7% and

Management Network Group

(

TMNG

), up 2.4%.

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

Management Network Group

(

TMNG

TheStreet Recommends

) is one of the companies that pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today. Management Network Group was up $0.09 (2.4%) to $3.96 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,325 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 $3.80-$3.98 after having opened the day at $3.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.87.

Management Network Group has a market cap of $37.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 41.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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At the close,

National American University Holdings

(

NAUH

) was up $0.14 (4.9%) to $3.01 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 29,343 shares of National American University Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.86-$3.10 after having opened the day at $2.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.87.

National American University Holdings, Inc. engages in the ownership and operation of National American University (NAU) that provides postsecondary education services primarily for working adults and other non-traditional students in the United States. National American University Holdings has a market cap of $74.9 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 18.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate National American University Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates National American University Holdings as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on NAUH go as follows:

  • NAUH's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.23 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.10, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • NATIONAL AMERN UNIV HLDG INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, NATIONAL AMERN UNIV HLDG INC reported lower earnings of $0.13 versus $0.21 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.23 versus $0.13).
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Diversified Consumer Services industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 759.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$0.33 million to $2.17 million.
  • NAUH has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 5.64% from its price level of one year ago. 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.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

National American University Holdings Ratings Report

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Universal Security Instruments

(

UUU

) was another company that pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today. Universal Security Instruments was up $0.09 (1.7%) to $5.46 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,103 shares of Universal Security Instruments exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.36-$5.46 after having opened the day at $5.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.37.

Universal Security Instruments, Inc. designs, markets, and distributes safety and security products in the United States and internationally. Universal Security Instruments has a market cap of $12.4 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 24.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Universal Security Instruments a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Universal Security Instruments as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on UUU go as follows:

  • UUU's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.00 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 4.55, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 195.37% to $0.91 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, UNIVERSAL SECURITY INSTRUMNT has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -24.35%.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, regardless of the company's weak earnings results. 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.
  • 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 Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry and the overall market, UNIVERSAL SECURITY INSTRUMNT's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for UNIVERSAL SECURITY INSTRUMNT is rather low; currently it is at 24.78%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -29.55% is significantly below that of the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Universal Security Instruments Ratings Report

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