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The Diversified Services industry as a whole was unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.2%. Laggards within the Diversified Services industry included

General Employment

(

JOB

), down 3.1%,

Learning Tree International

(

LTRE

), down 3.4%,

Onvia

(

ONVI

), down 2.5%,

China Yida

(

CNYD

), down 1.9% and

SmartPros

(

SPRO

), down 1.7%.

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

Atlas Resource Partners

(

ARP

) is one of the companies that pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today. Atlas Resource Partners was down $0.95 (5.8%) to $15.55 on average volume. Throughout the day, 713,014 shares of Atlas Resource Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 633,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $15.45-$16.44 after having opened the day at $16.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.50.

Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. operates as an independent developer and producer of natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Gas and Oil Production, Well Construction and Completion, and Other Partnership Management. Atlas Resource Partners has a market cap of $1.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 19.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Atlas Resource Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Atlas Resource Partners

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, generally high debt management risk, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ARP 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 232.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$6.18 million to -$20.52 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, ATLAS RESOURCE PARTNERS LP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • ARP's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.93 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 0.39 is very low and demonstrates very weak liquidity.
  • The share price of ATLAS RESOURCE PARTNERS LP has not done very well: it is down 16.43% 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.
  • ATLAS RESOURCE PARTNERS LP 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 year. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ATLAS RESOURCE PARTNERS LP reported poor results of -$1.88 versus -$1.63 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.33 versus -$1.88).

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Atlas Resource Partners Ratings Report

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At the close,

China Yida

(

CNYD

) was down $0.05 (1.9%) to $2.65 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,400 shares of China Yida exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.65-$2.68 after having opened the day at $2.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.70.

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 $10.6 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 6.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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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.

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 48.18%, 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 7.6%. 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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Learning Tree International

(

LTRE

) was another company that pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today. Learning Tree International was down $0.08 (3.4%) to $2.27 on light volume. Throughout the day, 100 shares of Learning Tree International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.27-$2.27 after having opened the day at $2.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.35.

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 $30.7 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 26.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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.

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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.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 26.59%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 162.50% 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.
  • 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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