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The Diversified Services industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.6%. Laggards within the Diversified Services industry included

China Yida

(

CNYD

), down 4.6%,

Spar Group

(

SGRP

), down 5.8%,

Cambium Learning Group

(

ABCD

), down 1.9%,

PDI

(

PDII

), down 11.3% and

Amrep

(

AXR

), down 2.0%.

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

Cambium Learning Group

(

ABCD

) is one of the companies that pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today. Cambium Learning Group was down $0.03 (1.9%) to $1.53 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,211 shares of Cambium Learning Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 25,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.46-$1.55 after having opened the day at $1.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.56.

Cambium Learning Group, Inc. operates as an educational solutions and services company in the United States. It operates in four segments: Voyager Sopris Learning (VSL), Learning A-Z, ExploreLearning, and Kurzweil/IntelliTools. Cambium Learning Group has a market cap of $69.6 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 6.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Cambium Learning Group

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ABCD 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 398.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.43 million to -$1.29 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $0.37 million or 98.65% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • ABCD, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 6.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 15.3%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • CAMBIUM LEARNING GROUP 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, CAMBIUM LEARNING GROUP INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.31 versus -$2.72 in the prior year.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago, the stock is now trading at a higher level, and has traded in line with 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.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Cambium Learning Group Ratings Report

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At the close,

Spar Group

(

SGRP

) was down $0.09 (5.8%) to $1.45 on light volume. Throughout the day, 12,610 shares of Spar Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 22,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.45-$1.52 after having opened the day at $1.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.54.

SPAR Group Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides merchandising and other marketing services worldwide. Spar Group has a market cap of $30.9 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 24.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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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 weak operating cash flow, 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 9.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 12.8%. 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, 0.39, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. To add to this, SGRP has a quick ratio of 2.18, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • SPAR GROUP 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 year. During the past fiscal year, SPAR GROUP INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.15 versus $0.13 in the prior year.
  • The gross profit margin for SPAR GROUP INC is rather low; currently it is at 24.90%. 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 1.86% is significantly lower than the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1.92 million or 197.21% 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:

Spar Group Ratings Report

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China Yida

(

CNYD

) was another company that pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today. China Yida was down $0.13 (4.6%) to $2.72 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,260 shares of China Yida exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.71-$2.95 after having opened the day at $2.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.85.

China Yida Holding, Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates 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 $11.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 2.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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 and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CNYD go as follows:

  • CHINA YIDA HOLDING CO's earnings per share declined by 26.5% in the most recent quarter compared to 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 -$4.37 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 61.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$3.12 million to -$5.03 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.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 33.11%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 26.47% 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.
  • CNYD, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 9.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 10.6%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

China Yida Ratings Report

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