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The Diversified Services industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which was unchanged. Laggards within the Diversified Services industry included Learning Tree International ( LTRE), down 5.5%, NV5 Holdings ( NVEE), down 1.5%, UniTek Global Services ( UNTK), down 14.1%, Essex Rental ( ESSX), down 3.1% and Cambium Learning Group ( ABCD), down 1.8%.

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

UniTek Global Services ( UNTK) is one of the companies that pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today. UniTek Global Services was down $0.09 (14.1%) to $0.55 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 320,441 shares of UniTek Global Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 45,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.55-$0.65 after having opened the day at $0.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.64.

UniTek Global Services, Inc. provides technical services to the wireless telecommunications, public safety, satellite television, and broadband cable industries in the United States and Canada. The company operates in two segments, Fulfillment, and Engineering and Construction. UniTek Global Services has a market cap of $13.3 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 61.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate UniTek Global Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates UniTek Global Services as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on UNTK 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 Construction & Engineering industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 156.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$7.66 million to -$19.63 million.
  • The gross profit margin for UNITEK GLOBAL SERVICES INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 14.98%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -22.15% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$2.32 million or 135.15% 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 65.50%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 175.67% 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.
  • UNITEK GLOBAL SERVICES 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. 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, UNITEK GLOBAL SERVICES INC reported poor results of -$2.65 versus -$2.28 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.99 versus -$2.65).

You can view the full analysis from the report here: UniTek Global Services Ratings Report

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At the close, NV5 Holdings ( NVEE) was down $0.15 (1.5%) to $9.75 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,987 shares of NV5 Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $9.64-$9.85 after having opened the day at $9.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.90.

NV5 Holdings has a market cap of $56.8 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 22.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates NV5 Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on NVEE go as follows:

You can view the full analysis from the report here: NV5 Holdings 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 $0.16 (5.5%) to $2.77 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 13,780 shares of Learning Tree International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.75-$2.95 after having opened the day at $2.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.93.

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 $38.7 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 6.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LTRE go as follows:

  • LTRE has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 7.28% 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 2.4%. 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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