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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 8 points (0.0%) at 16,855 as of Friday, June 27, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,722 issues advancing vs. 1,261 declining with 166 unchanged.

The Services sector as a whole closed the day up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.1%. Top gainers within the Services sector included Discovery Communications ( DISCB), up 1.5%, China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), up 2.2%, Crystal Rock Holdings ( CRVP), up 2.4%, General Employment ( JOB), up 2.6% and Sino-Global Shipping America ( SINO), up 2.5%.

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

Sino-Global Shipping America ( SINO) is one of the companies that pushed the Services sector higher today. Sino-Global Shipping America was up $0.06 (2.5%) to $2.26 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 39,711 shares of Sino-Global Shipping America exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.04-$2.27 after having opened the day at $2.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.20.

Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. provides shipping agency services for ships coming to and departing from Chinese ports. Sino-Global Shipping America has a market cap of $10.4 million and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 12.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Sino-Global Shipping America a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Sino-Global Shipping America as a sell. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its declining revenues.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SINO go as follows:

  • This stock has increased by 61.67% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Looking ahead, however, we cannot assume that the stock's past performance is going to drive future results. Quite to the contrary, its sharp appreciation over the last year is one of the factors that should prompt investors to seek better opportunities elsewhere.
  • 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 Transportation Infrastructure industry and the overall market, SINO-GLOBAL SHIPPING AMERICA's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • SINO, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 9.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 10.6%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • SINO-GLOBAL SHIPPING AMERICA 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. During the past fiscal year, SINO-GLOBAL SHIPPING AMERICA continued to lose money by earning -$0.39 versus -$0.61 in the prior year.
  • The gross profit margin for SINO-GLOBAL SHIPPING AMERICA is rather high; currently it is at 56.07%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 15.58% trails the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Sino-Global Shipping America Ratings Report

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At the close, China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR) was up $0.02 (2.2%) to $0.92 on light volume. Throughout the day, 550 shares of China Metro-Rural Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.92-$0.94 after having opened the day at $0.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.90.

China Metro-Rural Holdings has a market cap of $65.5 million and is part of the media industry. Shares are unchanged year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CNR go as follows:

You can view the full analysis from the report here: China Metro-Rural Holdings Ratings Report

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Discovery Communications ( DISCB) was another company that pushed the Services sector higher today. Discovery Communications was up $1.12 (1.5%) to $73.78 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,005 shares of Discovery Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $73.78-$73.78 after having opened the day at $73.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.66.

Discovery Communications, Inc. operates as a media company worldwide. The company operates in three segments: U.S. Networks, International Networks, and Education. Discovery Communications has a market cap of $490.3 million and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 18.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Discovery Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Discovery Communications as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on DISCB go as follows:

  • DISCB's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 14.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 22.1%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS INC's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS INC is currently very high, coming in at 90.64%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 16.30% is above that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 83.96% to $241.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 5.61%.
  • DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS INC's earnings per share improvement from the most recent quarter was slightly positive. 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, DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS INC increased its bottom line by earning $2.97 versus $2.52 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($11.02 versus $2.97).

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

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