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The Diversified Services industry as a whole closed the day down 1.1% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.8%. Laggards within the Diversified Services industry included

Universal Security Instruments

(

UUU

), down 4.4%,

RLJ Entertainment

(

RLJE

), down 3.4%,

Lime Energy

(

LIME

), down 1.8%,

VirtualScopics

(

VSCP

), down 4.3% and

PDI

(

PDII

), down 6.0%.

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

Lime Energy

(

LIME

) is one of the companies that pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today. Lime Energy was down $0.04 (1.8%) to $2.25 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,692 shares of Lime Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.20-$2.25 after having opened the day at $2.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.29.

Lime Energy Co. is engaged in designing and implementing energy efficiency programs for utilities in the United States. Lime Energy has a market cap of $8.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 20.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Lime Energy

as a

sell

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

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LIME go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$6.94 million or 339.08% 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 gross profit margin for LIME ENERGY CO is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 31.90%. Regardless of LIME's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, LIME's net profit margin of -9.51% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • LIME'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 63.50%, 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.
  • 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 Electrical Equipment industry and the overall market, LIME ENERGY CO's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • LIME has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Despite the fact that LIME's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.63, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Lime Energy Ratings Report

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At the close,

RLJ Entertainment

(

RLJE

) was down $0.12 (3.4%) to $3.46 on light volume. Throughout the day, 204 shares of RLJ Entertainment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.46-$3.46 after having opened the day at $3.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.58.

RLJ Entertainment, Inc., an entertainment company, acquires content rights in British episodic mystery and drama, urban programming, and full-length motion pictures. It operates through three segments: Intellectual Property Licensing, Wholesale, and Direct-to-Consumer. RLJ Entertainment has a market cap of $47.6 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 25.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

RLJ Entertainment

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, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on RLJE go as follows:

  • RLJ ENTERTAINMENT 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. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, RLJ ENTERTAINMENT INC reported poor results of -$2.30 versus -$0.49 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 183.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$3.56 million to -$10.07 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, RLJ ENTERTAINMENT INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for RLJ ENTERTAINMENT INC is rather low; currently it is at 20.04%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -33.26% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 35.62%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 200.00% compared to the year-earlier 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.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

RLJ Entertainment Ratings Report

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Universal Security Instruments

(

UUU

) was another company that pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today. Universal Security Instruments was down $0.17 (4.4%) to $3.68 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 12,627 shares of Universal Security Instruments exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.66-$3.76 after having opened the day at $3.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.85.

Universal Security Instruments, Inc. designs, markets, and distributes safety and security products in the United States and Canada. Universal Security Instruments has a market cap of $8.6 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 11.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Universal Security Instruments

as a

sell

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

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on UUU 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 Electrical Equipment industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 1695.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.02 million to -$0.37 million.
  • 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 Electrical Equipment industry and the overall market, UNIVERSAL SECURITY INSTRUMNT's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $0.68 million or 45.83% 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 gross profit margin for UNIVERSAL SECURITY INSTRUMNT is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 30.38%. Regardless of UUU's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, UUU's net profit margin of -9.81% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 31.82%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 1700.00% compared to the year-earlier 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.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Universal Security Instruments Ratings Report

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