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All three major indices traded up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 9 points (0.1%) at 17,695 as of Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, 3:25 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,959 issues advancing vs. 1,061 declining with 155 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.1%. Top gainers within the Diversified Services industry included

Learning Tree International

(

LTRE

), up 1.8%,

Ambassadors Group

(

EPAX

), up 2.3%,

Command Security

(

MOC

), up 1.6%,

Compx International

(

CIX

), up 3.0% and

Lime Energy

(

LIME

), up 5.0%.

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

Command Security

(

MOC

) is one of the companies that pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today. Command Security was up $0.03 (1.6%) to $1.89 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,100 shares of Command Security exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 26,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.89-$1.89 after having opened the day at $1.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.86.

Command Security Corporation provides uniformed security officers and aviation security services to commercial, financial, industrial, aviation, and governmental customers in the United States. The company operates through Security and Aviation Safeguards divisions. Command Security has a market cap of $17.8 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 11.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Command Security a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Command Security as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on MOC go as follows:

  • COMMAND SECURITY CORP 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, COMMAND SECURITY CORP increased its bottom line by earning $0.12 versus $0.04 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 Commercial Services & Supplies industry. The net income increased by 1993.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.03 million to $0.69 million.
  • MOC, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 8.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 0.9%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • This stock's share value has moved by only 16.31% over the past year. 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 COMMAND SECURITY CORP is currently extremely low, coming in at 14.71%. Regardless of MOC's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 1.83% trails the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Command Security Ratings Report

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At the close,

Ambassadors Group

(

EPAX

) was up $0.05 (2.3%) to $2.25 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 110,302 shares of Ambassadors Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 20,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.20-$2.25 after having opened the day at $2.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.20.

Ambassadors Group, Inc., an educational company, organizes and promotes worldwide educational travel programs for students and professional. The company's Ambassador Programs and Other segment offers educational travel services to students and professionals. Ambassadors Group has a market cap of $38.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 51.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Ambassadors Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Ambassadors Group as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on EPAX go as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for AMBASSADORS GROUP INC is rather low; currently it is at 24.37%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 13.98% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to -$14.70 million or 3.82% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow AMBASSADORS GROUP INC is still fairing well by exceeding its industry average cash flow growth rate of -27.89%.
  • EPAX'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 44.30%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last 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.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry and the overall market, AMBASSADORS GROUP INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • AMBASSADORS GROUP INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. 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, AMBASSADORS GROUP INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.45 versus $0.09 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Ambassadors Group Ratings Report

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Learning Tree International

(

LTRE

) was another company that pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today. Learning Tree International was up $0.04 (1.8%) to $2.27 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,300 shares of Learning Tree International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.22-$2.27 after having opened the day at $2.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.23.

Learning Tree International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, markets, and delivers a library of instructor-led classroom courses to meet the professional development needs of information technology (IT) professionals and managers worldwide. Learning Tree International has a market cap of $30.4 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 26.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Learning Tree International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Learning Tree International as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in 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 LTRE 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 Diversified Consumer Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 154.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.08 million to -$2.75 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 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1.26 million or 178.19% 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 share price of LEARNING TREE INTL INC has not done very well: it is down 13.75% 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.
  • LEARNING TREE INTL 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. 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, LEARNING TREE INTL INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.66 versus -$0.89 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Learning Tree International Ratings Report

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