3 Health Services Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 68 points (0.4%) at 17,137 as of Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,903 issues advancing vs. 1,131 declining with 161 unchanged.

The Health Services industry as a whole was unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.5%. Top gainers within the Health Services industry included Allied Healthcare Products ( AHPI), up 3.3%, American Shared Hospital Services ( AMS), up 2.8%, VirtualScopics ( VSCP), up 2.9%, American Caresource Holdings ( ANCI), up 3.7% and Dynatronics ( DYNT), up 1.8%.

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

American Caresource Holdings ( ANCI) is one of the companies that pushed the Health Services industry higher today. American Caresource Holdings was up $0.12 (3.7%) to $3.35 on light volume. Throughout the day, 8,038 shares of American Caresource Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.20-$3.35 after having opened the day at $3.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.23.

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 $21.6 million and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 96.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ANCI go as follows:

  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to -$1.24 million or 24.57% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • AMERICAN CARESOURCE HLDGS has improved earnings per share by 19.2% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, AMERICAN CARESOURCE HLDGS reported poor results of -$0.66 versus -$0.54 in the prior year.
  • ANCI, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 20.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 7.3%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • ANCI's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.18 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, ANCI has a quick ratio of 1.54, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.

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

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At the close, VirtualScopics ( VSCP) was up $0.14 (2.9%) to $5.10 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 14,304 shares of VirtualScopics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.00-$5.10 after having opened the day at $5.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.96.

VirtualScopics, Inc. provides imaging solutions for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries. VirtualScopics has a market cap of $15.0 million and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 43.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates VirtualScopics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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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 15.44% 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 21.4%. 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 67.28%.

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

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Allied Healthcare Products ( AHPI) was another company that pushed the Health Services industry higher today. Allied Healthcare Products was up $0.07 (3.3%) to $2.11 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,950 shares of Allied Healthcare Products exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.07-$2.11 after having opened the day at $2.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.04.

Allied Healthcare Products, Inc. manufactures, markets, and distributes respiratory care products, medical gas equipment, and emergency medical products in Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East. Allied Healthcare Products has a market cap of $16.7 million and is part of the health care sector. Shares are down 8.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Allied Healthcare Products a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Allied Healthcare Products 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, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on AHPI go as follows:

  • ALLIED HEALTHCARE PRODS INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, ALLIED HEALTHCARE PRODS INC reported poor results of -$0.15 versus -$0.06 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 Equipment & Supplies industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 247.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.28 million to -$0.97 million.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Health Care Equipment & Supplies industry and the overall market, ALLIED HEALTHCARE PRODS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for ALLIED HEALTHCARE PRODS INC is rather low; currently it is at 22.80%. Regardless of AHPI's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, AHPI's net profit margin of -10.63% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • The share price of ALLIED HEALTHCARE PRODS INC has not done very well: it is down 16.14% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. 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.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Allied Healthcare Products Ratings Report

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