3 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Higher

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The three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 13 points (0.1%) at 16,969 as of Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,178 issues advancing vs. 1,877 declining with 123 unchanged.

The Services sector as a whole closed the day down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which was unchanged. Top gainers within the Services sector included Sport Chalet ( SPCHA), up 2.4%, China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), up 8.0%, Crystal Rock Holdings ( CRVP), up 5.5%, QKL Stores ( QKLS), up 4.2% and Educational Development ( EDUC), up 5.9%.

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

QKL Stores ( QKLS) is one of the companies that pushed the Services sector higher today. QKL Stores was up $0.13 (4.2%) to $3.21 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 11,939 shares of QKL Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.03-$3.46 after having opened the day at $3.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.08.

QKL Stores Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the operation of retail chain stores in the People's Republic of China. The company's supermarkets and hypermarkets sell a selection of merchandise, including groceries, fresh food, and non-food items. QKL Stores has a market cap of $4.6 million and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are down 26.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate QKL Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates QKL Stores as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow, generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on QKLS 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 Food & Staples Retailing industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 858.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.40 million to -$3.06 million.
  • The gross profit margin for QKL STORES INC is rather low; currently it is at 17.12%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -3.55% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $18.00 million or 25.83% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • QKLS's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.88 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 0.47 is very low and demonstrates very weak liquidity.
  • The share price of QKL STORES INC has not done very well: it is down 14.07% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. 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.

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

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At the close, China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR) was up $0.07 (8.0%) to $0.96 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10,950 shares of China Metro-Rural Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.88-$0.97 after having opened the day at $0.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.89.

China Metro-Rural Holdings has a market cap of $64.7 million and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are down 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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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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Sport Chalet ( SPCHA) was another company that pushed the Services sector higher today. Sport Chalet was up $0.03 (2.4%) to $1.18 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,964 shares of Sport Chalet exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.14-$1.18 after having opened the day at $1.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.15.

Sport Chalet, Inc. operates as a specialty sporting goods retailer in the United States. Sport Chalet has a market cap of $10.4 million and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 5.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Sport Chalet a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sport Chalet as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SPCHA go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 4.18 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.09, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • 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 Specialty Retail industry and the overall market, SPORT CHALET INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $6.05 million or 48.75% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • SPCHA has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 16.95% 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 gross profit margin for SPORT CHALET INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 29.15%. Regardless of SPCHA's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 1.52% trails the industry average.

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

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