3 Diversified Services Stocks Pushing The Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 55.58 points (-0.3%) at 16,927 as of Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,583 issues advancing vs. 1,391 declining with 165 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.3%. Top gainers within the Diversified Services industry included Lime Energy ( LIME), up 2.7%, VirtualScopics ( VSCP), up 3.0%, SmartPros ( SPRO), up 2.5%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 1.9% and Learning Tree International ( LTRE), up 8.4%.

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

China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH) is one of the companies that pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today. China HGS Real Estate was up $0.05 (1.9%) to $2.61 on light volume. Throughout the day, 9,107 shares of China HGS Real Estate exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.54-$2.68 after having opened the day at $2.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.56.

China HGS Real Estate, Inc., through its subsidiary, Shaanxi Guangsha Investment and Development Group Co., Ltd, develops real estate properties in the People's Republic of China. It is involved in the construction and sale of residential apartments, parking lots, and commercial properties. China HGS Real Estate has a market cap of $115.1 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 57.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate China HGS Real Estate a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates China HGS Real Estate as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on HGSH go as follows:

  • HGSH's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 20.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 157.2%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • CHINA HGS REAL ESTATE INC 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, CHINA HGS REAL ESTATE INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.46 versus $0.11 in the prior year.
  • HGSH's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.29 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.13 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • The gross profit margin for CHINA HGS REAL ESTATE INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 33.12%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the weak results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 28.67% has significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$3.65 million or 2084.23% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: China HGS Real Estate Ratings Report

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