3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Services Sector

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 69.58 points (-0.4%) at 16,916 as of Thursday, July 10, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,051 issues advancing vs. 1,940 declining with 176 unchanged.

The Services sector as a whole closed the day down 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.4%. Top gainers within the Services sector included Bowl America ( BWL.A), up 4.3%, RLJ Entertainment ( RLJE), up 3.4%, Lime Energy ( LIME), up 2.2%, Command Security ( MOC), up 2.8% and Coast Distribution System ( CRV), up 1.6%.

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

Command Security ( MOC) is one of the companies that pushed the Services sector higher today. Command Security was up $0.05 (2.8%) to $1.85 on light volume. Throughout the day, 600 shares of Command Security exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.85-$1.85 after having opened the day at $1.85 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 $16.9 million and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 12.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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:

  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, reflecting both the market's overall trend during that period and the fact that the company's earnings growth has been robust. Looking ahead, our view is that this company's fundamentals will not have much impact in either direction, allowing the stock to generally move up or down based on the push and pull of the broad market.
  • 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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