3 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Lower

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The Services sector as a whole closed the day up 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.4%. Laggards within the Services sector included Taitron Components ( TAIT), down 2.9%, Birks Group ( BGI), down 1.7%, Peerless Systems ( PRLS), down 2.6%, VirtualScopics ( VSCP), down 3.0% and RLJ Entertainment ( RLJE), down 4.0%.

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

RLJ Entertainment ( RLJE) is one of the companies that pushed the Services sector lower today. RLJ Entertainment was down $0.14 (4.0%) to $3.36 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,634 shares of RLJ Entertainment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.32-$3.45 after having opened the day at $3.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.50.

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 $48.2 million and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are down 26.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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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 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:

  • 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 23.47%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -3.59% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • In its most recent trading session, RLJE has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. 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.
  • RLJ ENTERTAINMENT INC has improved earnings per share by 44.0% 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, RLJ ENTERTAINMENT INC reported poor results of -$2.30 versus -$0.49 in the prior year.
  • RLJE, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 14.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 4.0%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: RLJ Entertainment Ratings Report

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