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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 66 points (0.4%) at 16,609 as of Friday, May 23, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,917 issues advancing vs. 1,047 declining with 178 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry as a whole closed the day up 1.3% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.4%. Top gainers within the Diversified Services industry included Learning Tree International ( LTRE), up 5.0%, China Yida ( CNYD), up 17.3%, Spar Group ( SGRP), up 1.6%, UniTek Global Services ( UNTK), up 3.0% and Versar ( VSR), up 2.4%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

Spar Group ( SGRP) is one of the companies that pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today. Spar Group was up $0.02 (1.6%) to $1.64 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,803 shares of Spar Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.58-$1.65 after having opened the day at $1.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.62.

SPAR Group Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides merchandising and other marketing services worldwide. Spar Group has a market cap of $34.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 18.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Spar Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Spar Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SGRP go as follows:

  • 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, SPAR GROUP INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.15 versus $0.13 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.16 versus $0.15).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Media industry. The net income increased by 134.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $1.33 million to $3.11 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 14.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.6%. 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, 0.35, 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 1.57, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Spar Group Ratings Report

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At the close, China Yida ( CNYD) was up $0.45 (17.3%) to $3.05 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 48,510 shares of China Yida exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.77-$4.00 after having opened the day at $2.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.60.

China Yida Holding Co., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the tourism and advertisement businesses in the People's Republic of China. China Yida has a market cap of $10.2 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 9.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate China Yida a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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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, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CNYD go as follows:

  • CHINA YIDA HOLDING CO 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, CHINA YIDA HOLDING CO swung to a loss, reporting -$4.38 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 328.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.54 million to -$6.60 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.11 million or 118.99% 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 29.25%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 397.05% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.

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 higher today. Learning Tree International was up $0.14 (5.0%) to $2.94 on light volume. Throughout the day, 100 shares of Learning Tree International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.94-$2.94 after having opened the day at $2.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.80.

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 $37.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 10.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Learning Tree International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Learning Tree International as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LTRE go as follows:

  • LTRE has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 22.08% from its price level of one year ago. 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.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Diversified Consumer Services industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 151.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$1.42 million to $0.73 million.
  • 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 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.
  • LTRE, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 2.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 3.8%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for LEARNING TREE INTL INC is rather high; currently it is at 50.32%. Regardless of LTRE's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 2.27% trails the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Learning Tree International Ratings Report

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