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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 18 points (0.1%) at 16,572 as of Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,374 issues advancing vs. 630 declining with 131 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.3%. Top gainers within the Diversified Services industry included VirtualScopics ( VSCP), up 5.0%, MGT Capital Investments ( MGT), up 1.7%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 25.3%, Hudson Global ( HSON), up 2.8% and Newtek Business Services ( NEWT), up 2.0%.

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

Hudson Global ( HSON) is one of the companies that pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today. Hudson Global was up $0.10 (2.8%) to $3.64 on light volume. Throughout the day, 15,661 shares of Hudson Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 25,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.60-$3.70 after having opened the day at $3.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.54.

Hudson Global, Inc. provides professional-level recruitment and related talent solutions for small to large-sized corporations and government agencies worldwide. Hudson Global has a market cap of $117.2 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 11.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Hudson Global a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Hudson Global as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been an overall disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on HSON go as follows:

  • 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 Professional Services industry and the overall market, HUDSON GLOBAL INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • HSON, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 20.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 2.3%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • HUDSON GLOBAL INC has improved earnings per share by 27.8% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, HUDSON GLOBAL INC reported poor results of -$0.93 versus -$0.17 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.25 versus -$0.93).
  • 37.53% is the gross profit margin for HUDSON GLOBAL INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -2.61% trails the industry average.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Professional Services industry. The net income increased by 24.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$5.81 million to -$4.37 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Hudson Global Ratings Report

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At the close, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH) was up $0.80 (25.3%) to $3.97 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,221,896 shares of China HGS Real Estate exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.55-$4.15 after having opened the day at $3.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.17.

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 $100.9 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 62.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 20.1%. 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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VirtualScopics ( VSCP) was another company that pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today. VirtualScopics was up $0.20 (5.0%) to $4.20 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,100 shares of VirtualScopics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.20-$4.37 after having opened the day at $4.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.00.

VirtualScopics, Inc. provides imaging solutions for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries. VirtualScopics has a market cap of $12.2 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 15.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates VirtualScopics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates VirtualScopics as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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.
  • VSCP has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 10.41% 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.
  • 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.
  • VSCP, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 21.8%. 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 66.23% to -$0.42 million when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, VIRTUALSCOPICS INC's average is still marginally south of the industry average growth rate of 71.19%.

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

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