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All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 130.01 points (-0.7%) at 17,372 as of Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,012 issues advancing vs. 2,094 declining with 118 unchanged.

The Services sector as a whole closed the day down 1.4% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.9%. Top gainers within the Services sector included

Bowl America

(

BWL.A

), up 4.1%,

China Yida

(

CNYD

), up 2.5%,

Alon Blue Square Israel

(

BSI

), up 2.4%,

Nevada Gold & Casinos

(

UWN

), up 1.6% and

Learning Tree International

(

LTRE

), up 11.3%.

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

Learning Tree International

(

LTRE

) is one of the companies that pushed the Services sector higher today. Learning Tree International was up $0.20 (11.3%) to $1.97 on light volume. Throughout the day, 300 shares of Learning Tree International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.97-$1.97 after having opened the day at $1.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.77.

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 $23.7 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 2.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 49.85% to its most recent closing price of 1.59. 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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At the close,

Nevada Gold & Casinos

(

UWN

) was up $0.02 (1.6%) to $1.25 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,863 shares of Nevada Gold & Casinos exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.22-$1.25 after having opened the day at $1.22 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 $19.7 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 1.6% 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.

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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. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on UWN go as follows:

  • UWN's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 9.5%. 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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China Yida

(

CNYD

) was another company that pushed the Services sector higher today. China Yida was up $0.06 (2.5%) to $2.43 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,324 shares of China Yida exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.27-$2.43 after having opened the day at $2.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.37.

China Yida Holding Co., together with its subsidiaries, is engaged 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 $9.2 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 1.7% 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.

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, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CNYD go as follows:

  • CHINA YIDA HOLDING CO 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 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 -$4.24 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 249.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$3.63 million to -$12.68 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to -$2.52 million or 19.92% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • The share price of CHINA YIDA HOLDING CO has not done very well: it is down 9.82% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. 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:

China Yida Ratings Report

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