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The Diversified Services industry as a whole was unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.1%. Laggards within the Diversified Services industry included

NV5 Holdings

(

NVEE

), down 1.9%,

Versar

(

VSR

), down 5.9%,

VirtualScopics

(

VSCP

), down 7.4%,

Essex Rental

(

ESSX

), down 3.7% and

RCM Technologies

(

RCMT

), down 3.1%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

VirtualScopics

(

VSCP

) is one of the companies that pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today. VirtualScopics was down $0.40 (7.4%) to $5.00 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 19,141 shares of VirtualScopics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.79-$5.40 after having opened the day at $5.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.40.

VirtualScopics, Inc. provides imaging solutions for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries. VirtualScopics has a market cap of $16.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 56.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates VirtualScopics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

VirtualScopics

as a

sell

. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on VSCP go as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for VIRTUALSCOPICS INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 32.24%. Regardless of VSCP's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, VSCP's net profit margin of -27.44% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • 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 Life Sciences Tools & Services industry and the overall market, VIRTUALSCOPICS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • VSCP, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 18.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 7.1%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, we do not believe this stock offers ample reward opportunity to compensate for the risks, despite the fact that it rose over the past year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Life Sciences Tools & Services industry average. The net income increased by 42.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$1.11 million to -$0.65 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

VirtualScopics Ratings Report

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At the close,

Versar

(

VSR

) was down $0.21 (5.9%) to $3.39 on light volume. Throughout the day, 644 shares of Versar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.37-$3.39 after having opened the day at $3.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.60.

Versar, Inc. operates as a project management company in the United States and internationally. The company operates through three segments: Engineering and Construction Management, Environmental Services, and Professional Services. Versar has a market cap of $32.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 25.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Versar

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, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on VSR go as follows:

  • VSR's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.04 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, VSR has a quick ratio of 1.91, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • VERSAR 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, VERSAR INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.54 versus $0.45 in the prior year.
  • The gross profit margin for VERSAR INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 7.00%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -0.46% trails that of the industry average.
  • 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 Commercial Services & Supplies industry and the overall market, VERSAR INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Versar Ratings Report

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NV5 Holdings

(

NVEE

) was another company that pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today. NV5 Holdings was down $0.19 (1.9%) to $10.00 on light volume. Throughout the day, 619 shares of NV5 Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $9.98-$10.00 after having opened the day at $9.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.19.

NV5 Holdings has a market cap of $58.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 25.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates NV5 Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on NVEE go as follows:

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

NV5 Holdings Ratings Report

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