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The Diversified Services industry as a whole closed the day down 1.8% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.5%. Laggards within the Diversified Services industry included General Employment ( JOB), down 1.8%, VirtualScopics ( VSCP), down 3.0%, Birner Dental Management Services ( BDMS), down 2.3%, China Yida ( CNYD), down 1.6% and SmartPros ( SPRO), down 2.5%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

Thomson Reuters ( TRI) is one of the companies that pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today. Thomson Reuters was down $0.64 (1.7%) to $36.76 on average volume. Throughout the day, 561,658 shares of Thomson Reuters exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 666,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $36.76-$37.32 after having opened the day at $37.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.40.

Thomson Reuters Corporation provides intelligent information for businesses and professionals worldwide. The company sells electronic content and services to professionals, primarily on a subscription basis. Thomson Reuters has a market cap of $29.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Thomson Reuters a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Thomson Reuters as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on TRI go as follows:

  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.52, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Despite the fact that TRI's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.59, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.
  • THOMSON-REUTERS CORP has improved earnings per share by 6.9% 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, THOMSON-REUTERS CORP reported lower earnings of $0.15 versus $2.37 in the prior year.
  • The gross profit margin for THOMSON-REUTERS CORP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 27.35%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 7.88% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $876.00 million or 3.09% 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.

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

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At the close, China Yida ( CNYD) was down $0.05 (1.6%) to $3.00 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,040 shares of China Yida exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.00-$3.04 after having opened the day at $3.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.05.

China Yida Holding, Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates in the tourism and advertisement businesses in the People's Republic of China. The company operates through two segments, Advertisement and Tourism. China Yida has a market cap of $11.7 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates China Yida 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 generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CNYD go as follows:

  • CHINA YIDA HOLDING CO's earnings per share declined by 26.5% in the most recent quarter compared to 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, CHINA YIDA HOLDING CO swung to a loss, reporting -$4.37 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 Media industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 61.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$3.12 million to -$5.03 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 Media industry and the overall market, CHINA YIDA HOLDING CO's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 41.66%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 26.47% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • CNYD, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 9.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 10.6%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

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

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VirtualScopics ( VSCP) was another company that pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today. VirtualScopics was down $0.13 (3.0%) to $4.35 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,946 shares of VirtualScopics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.35-$4.40 after having opened the day at $4.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.48.

VirtualScopics, Inc. provides imaging solutions for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries. VirtualScopics has a market cap of $13.7 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 29.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on VSCP go as follows:

  • 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 Life Sciences Tools & Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 646.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.13 million to -$0.73 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 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1.16 million or 716.90% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • This stock's share value has moved by only 7.49% over the past year. 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.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 22.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 28.5%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

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

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