3 Services Stocks Nudging The Sector Higher

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 16,756 as of Friday, June 13, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,626 issues advancing vs. 1,329 declining with 172 unchanged.

The Services sector as a whole was unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.2%. Top gainers within the Services sector included Radio One ( ROIA), up 2.2%, VirtualScopics ( VSCP), up 2.9%, Crystal Rock Holdings ( CRVP), up 2.3%, NV5 Holdings ( NVEE), up 2.2% and Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment ( DDE), up 2.1%.

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

NV5 Holdings ( NVEE) is one of the companies that pushed the Services sector higher today. NV5 Holdings was up $0.22 (2.2%) to $10.22 on light volume. Throughout the day, 590 shares of NV5 Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $9.80-$10.22 after having opened the day at $9.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.00.

NV5 Holdings has a market cap of $58.1 million and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 22.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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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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At the close, VirtualScopics ( VSCP) was up $0.13 (2.9%) to $4.60 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 8,734 shares of VirtualScopics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.35-$4.60 after having opened the day at $4.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.47.

VirtualScopics, Inc. provides imaging solutions for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries. VirtualScopics has a market cap of $12.5 million and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 29.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates VirtualScopics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates VirtualScopics as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on VSCP go as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for VIRTUALSCOPICS INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 32.24%. Regardless of VSCP's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, VSCP's net profit margin of -27.44% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • VSCP'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 25.91%, 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.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Life Sciences Tools & Services industry and the overall market, VIRTUALSCOPICS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • VSCP, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 19.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 7.1%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Life Sciences Tools & Services industry average. The net income increased by 42.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$1.11 million to -$0.65 million.

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

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Radio One ( ROIA) was another company that pushed the Services sector higher today. Radio One was up $0.10 (2.2%) to $4.56 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,688 shares of Radio One exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.39-$4.56 after having opened the day at $4.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.46.

Radio One, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an urban-oriented multi-media company in the United States. The company operates through four segments: Radio Broadcasting, Reach Media, Internet, and Cable Television. Radio One has a market cap of $10.6 million and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 17.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Radio One a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Radio One as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and generally high debt management risk.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ROIA go as follows:

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed against the S&P 500 and did not exceed that of the Media industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 39.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$18.11 million to -$25.18 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, RADIO ONE INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 15.39 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Despite the company's weak debt-to-equity ratio, the company has managed to keep a very strong quick ratio of 2.68, which shows the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for RADIO ONE INC is rather high; currently it is at 68.24%. Regardless of ROIA's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, ROIA's net profit margin of -22.67% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • RADIO ONE INC's earnings per share declined by 39.5% 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, RADIO ONE INC continued to lose money by earning -$1.30 versus -$1.33 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Radio One Ratings Report

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