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All three major indices traded up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 191 points (1.1%) at 17,512 as of Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,533 issues advancing vs. 578 declining with 102 unchanged.

The Services sector as a whole closed the day up 1.3% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.3%. Top gainers within the Services sector included

QKL Stores

(

QKLS

), up 13.1%,

Crystal Rock Holdings

(

CRVP

), up 5.6%,

Radio One

(

ROIA

), up 3.8%,

Spar Group

(

SGRP

), up 2.6% and

Coast Distribution System

(

CRV

), up 4.7%.

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 (2.6%) to $1.48 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,199 shares of Spar Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.44-$1.48 after having opened the day at $1.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.44.

SPAR Group Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides merchandising and other marketing services worldwide. Spar Group has a market cap of $29.4 million and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are up 2.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 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 8.5%. 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's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 28.36%, which is also worse than the performance of the S&P 500 Index. 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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At the close,

Radio One

(

ROIA

) was up $0.06 (3.8%) to $1.64 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,414 shares of Radio One exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.60-$1.67 after having opened the day at $1.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.58.

Radio One, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an urban-oriented multi-media company in the United States. The company operates through four segments: Radio Broadcasting, Reach Media, Internet, and Cable Television. Radio One has a market cap of $3.9 million and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are down 3.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Radio One a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Radio One as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and generally high debt management risk.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ROIA go as follows:

  • 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, RADIO ONE INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $5.14 million or 70.74% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 25.19 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Despite the company's weak debt-to-equity ratio, the company has managed to keep a very strong quick ratio of 2.66, which shows the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • ROIA's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 70.54%, which is also worse than the performance of the S&P 500 Index. 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.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and greatly underperformed compared to the Media industry average. The net income increased by 0.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$13.22 million to -$13.22 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Radio One Ratings Report

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QKL Stores

(

QKLS

) was another company that pushed the Services sector higher today. QKL Stores was up $0.26 (13.1%) to $2.25 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,889 shares of QKL Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.01-$2.40 after having opened the day at $2.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.99.

QKL Stores Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates a supermarket chain in northeastern China and Inner Mongolia. QKL Stores has a market cap of $3.0 million and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are up 2.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate QKL Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates QKL Stores as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on QKLS go as follows:

  • 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 Food & Staples Retailing industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 223.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.69 million to -$5.48 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.45 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. To add to this, QKLS has a quick ratio of 0.52, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Food & Staples Retailing industry and the overall market, QKL STORES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for QKL STORES INC is rather low; currently it is at 16.80%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -8.96% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to -$3.29 million or 3.71% 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:

QKL Stores Ratings Report

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