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The Services sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.4%. Laggards within the Services sector included

Crystal Rock Holdings

(

CRVP

), down 5.3%,

Birner Dental Management Services

(

BDMS

), down 2.5%,

Wilhelmina International

(

WHLM

), down 3.7%,

Dover Motorsports

(

DVD

), down 6.8% and

Acorn International

(

ATV

), down 16.5%.

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

Acorn International

(

ATV

) is one of the companies that pushed the Services sector lower today. Acorn International was down $0.16 (16.5%) to $0.81 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 46,646 shares of Acorn International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.79-$0.94 after having opened the day at $0.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.97.

Acorn International, Inc., an integrated multi-platform marketing company, develops, promotes, and sells a portfolio of proprietary-branded products; and third parties products. The company operates two sales platforms, including integrated direct sales and a nationwide distribution network. Acorn International has a market cap of $26.2 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 42.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Acorn International

TheStreet Recommends

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ATV go as follows:

  • 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 Internet & Catalog Retail industry and the overall market, ACORN INTERNATIONAL INC -ADR's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • ATV'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 45.09%, 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.
  • ACORN INTERNATIONAL INC -ADR has improved earnings per share by 15.4% 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, ACORN INTERNATIONAL INC -ADR reported poor results of -$1.45 versus -$0.59 in the prior year.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 1.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 44.8%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • 39.76% is the gross profit margin for ACORN INTERNATIONAL INC -ADR which we consider to be strong. Regardless of ATV's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, ATV's net profit margin of -28.10% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Acorn International Ratings Report

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At the close,

Dover Motorsports

(

DVD

) was down $0.17 (6.8%) to $2.29 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 24,404 shares of Dover Motorsports exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.26-$2.42 after having opened the day at $2.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.46.

Dover Motorsports, Inc., through its subsidiaries, markets and promotes motorsports entertainment in the United States. The company promotes events under the auspices of the sanctioning body in motorsports, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. Dover Motorsports has a market cap of $44.5 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Dover Motorsports a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Dover Motorsports

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on DVD go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 7.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 21.7%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • DOVER MOTORSPORTS 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. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, DOVER MOTORSPORTS INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.08 versus $0.05 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.22 versus $0.08).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry. The net income increased by 54.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$4.76 million to -$2.18 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $5.72 million or 2.69% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, DOVER MOTORSPORTS INC's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 20.93%.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Dover Motorsports Ratings Report

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Wilhelmina International

(

WHLM

) was another company that pushed the Services sector lower today. Wilhelmina International was down $0.20 (3.7%) to $5.15 on light volume. Throughout the day, 400 shares of Wilhelmina International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $5.15-$5.15 after having opened the day at $5.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.35.

Wilhelmina International has a market cap of $30.9 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 12.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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