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All three major indices traded up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 4 points (0.0%) at 17,515 as of Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,216 issues advancing vs. 1,900 declining with 118 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.2%. Top gainers within the Diversified Services industry included

Spar Group

(

SGRP

), up 2.2%,

Learning Tree International

(

LTRE

), up 5.1%,

Birner Dental Management Services

(

BDMS

), up 2.0%,

Internet Patents

(

PTNT

), up 2.2% and

Cambium Learning Group

(

ABCD

), up 16.7%.

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

Cambium Learning Group

(

ABCD

) is one of the companies that pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today. Cambium Learning Group was up $0.30 (16.7%) to $2.10 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 71,374 shares of Cambium Learning Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.84-$2.10 after having opened the day at $1.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.80.

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 $80.9 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 8.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Cambium Learning Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Cambium Learning Group as a

sell

. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ABCD go as follows:

  • This stock's share value has moved by only 13.47% over the past year. 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.
  • ABCD, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 5.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 4.2%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for CAMBIUM LEARNING GROUP INC is currently very high, coming in at 73.16%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 2.41% trails the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 59.82% to $19.64 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, CAMBIUM LEARNING GROUP INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -5.58%.
  • CAMBIUM LEARNING GROUP INC has shown improvement in its earnings for its most recently reported quarter when compared with the same quarter a year earlier. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, CAMBIUM LEARNING GROUP INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.31 versus -$2.72 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Cambium Learning Group Ratings Report

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At the close,

Learning Tree International

(

LTRE

) was up $0.09 (5.1%) to $1.85 on light volume. Throughout the day, 466 shares of Learning Tree International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.76-$1.85 after having opened the day at $1.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.76.

Learning Tree International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, markets, and delivers a library of instructor-led classroom courses for professional development needs of information technology (IT) professionals and managers worldwide. Learning Tree International has a market cap of $23.3 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 0.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Learning Tree International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Learning Tree International as a

sell

. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LTRE go as follows:

  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Diversified Consumer Services industry and the overall market, LEARNING TREE INTL INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Compared to where it was trading one year ago, LTRE is down 46.02% to its most recent closing price of 1.76. Looking ahead, our view is that this stock still does not have good upside potential and may even suffer further declines.
  • LEARNING TREE INTL 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, LEARNING TREE INTL INC turned its bottom line around by earning $0.00 versus -$0.66 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 Diversified Consumer Services industry. The net income increased by 399.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$2.21 million to $6.62 million.
  • The gross profit margin for LEARNING TREE INTL INC is rather high; currently it is at 50.64%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 20.39% significantly outperformed against the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Learning Tree International Ratings Report

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Spar Group

(

SGRP

) was another company that pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today. Spar Group was up $0.03 (2.2%) to $1.51 on light volume. Throughout the day, 600 shares of Spar Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.39-$1.51 after having opened the day at $1.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.48.

SPAR Group Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides merchandising and other marketing services worldwide. Spar Group has a market cap of $30.4 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 5.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Spar Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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 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 8.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 11.7%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displaying stagnant earnings per share.
  • SGRP's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.28 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, SGRP has a quick ratio of 2.02, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • SPAR GROUP INC reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. 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, SPAR GROUP INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.15 versus $0.13 in the prior year.
  • SGRP has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 22.17% from its price level of one year ago. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • The gross profit margin for SPAR GROUP INC is rather low; currently it is at 23.56%. 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 1.23% is significantly lower than the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Spar Group Ratings Report

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