3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Services Sector

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 55 points (0.3%) at 16,707 as of Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,989 issues advancing vs. 996 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Services sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.4%. Top gainers within the Services sector included Haverty Furniture Companies ( HVT.A), up 2.1%, Spar Group ( SGRP), up 5.0%, RLJ Entertainment ( RLJE), up 1.8%, Command Security ( MOC), up 4.7% and Birner Dental Management Services ( BDMS), up 2.0%.

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 $0.10 (4.7%) to $2.25 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 17,518 shares of Command Security exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.16-$2.30 after having opened the day at $2.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.15.

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 $19.9 million and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 4.4% 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 revenue growth. 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:

  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 80.00% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 37.23% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Although MOC had significant growth over the past year, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock at the current time.
  • 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 company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Commercial Services & Supplies industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 67.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$0.42 million to -$0.14 million.
  • 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% is significantly below that of the industry average.

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

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