3 Services Stocks Pushing The Sector Higher

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 68 points (0.4%) at 16,974 as of Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,593 issues advancing vs. 1,369 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Services sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.5%. Top gainers within the Services sector included Taitron Components ( TAIT), up 5.2%, Universal Security Instruments ( UUU), up 3.3%, General Employment ( JOB), up 2.9%, Radio One ( ROIA), up 2.4% and VirtualScopics ( VSCP), up 5.3%.

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

VirtualScopics ( VSCP) is one of the companies that pushed the Services sector higher today. VirtualScopics was up $0.23 (5.3%) to $4.51 on light volume. Throughout the day, 660 shares of VirtualScopics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.13-$4.51 after having opened the day at $4.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.28.

VirtualScopics, Inc. provides imaging solutions for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries. VirtualScopics has a market cap of $12.8 million and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 23.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been poor profit margins.

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.
  • 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.
  • In its most recent trading session, VSCP has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, we do not believe this stock offers ample reward opportunity to compensate for the risks, despite the fact that it rose over the past year.
  • VSCP, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 18.4%. 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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At the close, Radio One ( ROIA) was up $0.11 (2.4%) to $4.74 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,099 shares of Radio One exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.63-$4.74 after having opened the day at $4.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.63.

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 $11.2 million and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 21.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Radio One a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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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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Universal Security Instruments ( UUU) was another company that pushed the Services sector higher today. Universal Security Instruments was up $0.14 (3.3%) to $4.49 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,906 shares of Universal Security Instruments exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.34-$4.49 after having opened the day at $4.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.35.

Universal Security Instruments, Inc. designs, markets, and distributes safety and security products in the United States and Canada. Universal Security Instruments has a market cap of $10.0 million and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 0.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Universal Security Instruments a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Universal Security Instruments as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on UUU 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 Electrical Equipment industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 1695.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.02 million to -$0.37 million.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Electrical Equipment industry and the overall market, UNIVERSAL SECURITY INSTRUMNT's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $0.68 million or 45.83% 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.
  • The gross profit margin for UNIVERSAL SECURITY INSTRUMNT is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 30.38%. Regardless of UUU's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, UUU's net profit margin of -9.81% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • The share price of UNIVERSAL SECURITY INSTRUMNT has not done very well: it is down 20.56% 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: Universal Security Instruments Ratings Report

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