3 Stocks Advancing The Health Services Industry

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 3.18 points (0.0%) at 16,567 as of Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,103 issues advancing vs. 1,863 declining with 180 unchanged.

The Health Services industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.2%. Top gainers within the Health Services industry included Semler Scientific ( SMLR), up 5.0%, Lakeland Industries ( LAKE), up 3.4%, American Caresource Holdings ( ANCI), up 7.8%, AxoGen ( AXGN), up 2.2% and Uroplasty ( UPI), up 18.0%.

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

AxoGen ( AXGN) is one of the companies that pushed the Health Services industry higher today. AxoGen was up $0.05 (2.2%) to $2.29 on average volume. Throughout the day, 56,914 shares of AxoGen exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 41,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.11-$2.30 after having opened the day at $2.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.24.

AxoGen has a market cap of $39.5 million and is part of the health care sector. Shares are down 50.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on AXGN go as follows:

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

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At the close, American Caresource Holdings ( ANCI) was up $0.25 (7.8%) to $3.46 on light volume. Throughout the day, 8,729 shares of American Caresource Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 21,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.34-$3.46 after having opened the day at $3.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.21.

American CareSource Holdings, Inc. provides access to a network of ancillary healthcare service providers in the United States. American Caresource Holdings has a market cap of $21.9 million and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 95.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate American Caresource Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates American Caresource Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ANCI go as follows:

  • AMERICAN CARESOURCE HLDGS's earnings per share declined by 25.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, AMERICAN CARESOURCE HLDGS reported poor results of -$0.66 versus -$0.54 in the prior year.
  • 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 Health Care Providers & Services industry. The net income has decreased by 24.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$1.15 million to -$1.44 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 Health Care Providers & Services industry and the overall market, AMERICAN CARESOURCE HLDGS's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for AMERICAN CARESOURCE HLDGS is currently extremely low, coming in at 1.28%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -28.65% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 20.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 34.1%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: American Caresource Holdings Ratings Report

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Lakeland Industries ( LAKE) was another company that pushed the Health Services industry higher today. Lakeland Industries was up $0.19 (3.4%) to $5.85 on light volume. Throughout the day, 7,484 shares of Lakeland Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.55-$5.87 after having opened the day at $5.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.66.

Lakeland Industries, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells safety garments and accessories for the industrial protective clothing market worldwide. Lakeland Industries has a market cap of $31.6 million and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 7.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Lakeland Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lakeland Industries as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LAKE go as follows:

  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods industry. The net income increased by 100.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$0.84 million to $0.00 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 9.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 8.1%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • LAKELAND INDUSTRIES 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 year. During the past fiscal year, LAKELAND INDUSTRIES INC turned its bottom line around by earning $0.00 versus -$4.88 in the prior year.
  • The gross profit margin for LAKELAND INDUSTRIES INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 31.80%. Regardless of LAKE'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 0.00% trails the industry average.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.41, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Despite the fact that LAKE's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 0.70 is low and demonstrates weak liquidity.

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

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