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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 143 points (0.9%) at 16,970 as of Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,189 issues advancing vs. 849 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.8%. Top gainers within the Diversified Services industry included Learning Tree International ( LTRE), up 3.9%, Spar Group ( SGRP), up 4.0%, Command Security ( MOC), up 1.7%, Versar ( VSR), up 2.1% and DLH Holdings ( DLHC), up 5.8%.

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

Command Security ( MOC) is one of the companies that pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today. Command Security was up $0.03 (1.7%) to $1.83 on light volume. Throughout the day, 100 shares of Command Security exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.83-$1.83 after having opened the day at $1.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.80.

Command Security Corporation provides uniformed security officers and aviation security services to commercial, financial, industrial, aviation, and governmental customers in the United States. The company operates through Security and Aviation Safeguards divisions. Command Security has a market cap of $18.3 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 12.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Command Security a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Command Security as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on MOC go as follows:

  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 80.00% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 28.10% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Although MOC had significant growth over the past year, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock at the current time.
  • COMMAND SECURITY CORP 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. During the past fiscal year, COMMAND SECURITY CORP increased its bottom line by earning $0.12 versus $0.04 in the prior year.
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Commercial Services & Supplies industry and the overall market, COMMAND SECURITY CORP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for COMMAND SECURITY CORP is currently extremely low, coming in at 13.03%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -0.35% trails that of the industry average.

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

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At the close, Spar Group ( SGRP) was up $0.06 (4.0%) to $1.57 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,214 shares of Spar Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.51-$1.59 after having opened the day at $1.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.51.

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 23.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SGRP go as follows:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 14.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 12.2%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • SGRP's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.24 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, SGRP has a quick ratio of 2.08, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • SPAR GROUP INC's earnings have gone downhill when comparing its most recently reported quarter with the same quarter a year earlier. 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, SPAR GROUP INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.15 versus $0.13 in the prior year.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $2.47 million or 50.56% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • 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 938.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.04 million to -$0.37 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Spar Group 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 $0.10 (3.9%) to $2.66 on light volume. Throughout the day, 664 shares of Learning Tree International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.66-$2.68 after having opened the day at $2.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.56.

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 $30.1 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 18.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LTRE 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 Diversified Consumer Services industry. The net income has decreased by 14.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$4.02 million to -$4.60 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$4.36 million or 87.65% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • Reflecting the weaknesses we have cited, including the decline in the company's earnings per share, LTRE has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 21.75% 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'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.
  • 42.87% is the gross profit margin for LEARNING TREE INTL INC which we consider to be strong. 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, LTRE's net profit margin of -18.40% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

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

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