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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 334.97 points (-2.0%) at 16,659 as of Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 367 issues advancing vs. 2,746 declining with 91 unchanged.

The Services sector as a whole closed the day down 2.4% versus the S&P 500, which was down 2.1%. Top gainers within the Services sector included VirtualScopics ( VSCP), up 2.3%, Tiger Media ( IDI), up 3.8%, DLH Holdings ( DLHC), up 5.3%, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), up 2.6% and Internet Patents ( PTNT), up 1.7%.

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

China Auto Logistics ( CALI) is one of the companies that pushed the Services sector higher today. China Auto Logistics was up $0.03 (2.6%) to $1.17 on light volume. Throughout the day, 8,418 shares of China Auto Logistics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.13-$1.25 after having opened the day at $1.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.14.

China Auto Logistics Inc. sells and trades in imported automobiles in the People's Republic of China. China Auto Logistics has a market cap of $5.2 million and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 68.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate China Auto Logistics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates China Auto Logistics 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, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CALI go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 3.51 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, CALI maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.72, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • 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 Specialty Retail industry and the overall market, CHINA AUTO LOGISTICS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for CHINA AUTO LOGISTICS INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 0.92%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -1.62% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$13.35 million or 621.85% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • CHINA AUTO LOGISTICS 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, CHINA AUTO LOGISTICS INC reported lower earnings of $0.16 versus $0.67 in the prior year.

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

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At the close, Tiger Media ( IDI) was up $0.02 (3.8%) to $0.55 on average volume. Throughout the day, 42,015 shares of Tiger Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 38,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.55-$0.57 after having opened the day at $0.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.53.

Tiger Media, Inc., a multi-platform media company, provides advertising services in the out-of-home advertising industry in the People's Republic of China. Tiger Media has a market cap of $17.8 million and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 64.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Tiger Media a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Tiger Media as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on IDI go as follows:

  • TIGER MEDIA INC reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. The company has suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, TIGER MEDIA INC reported poor results of -$0.12 versus -$0.03 in the prior year.
  • IDI's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 60.94%, which is also worse than the performance of the S&P 500 Index. 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.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Media industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 1.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$0.88 million to -$0.86 million.
  • Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, TIGER MEDIA INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • IDI has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 2.75, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.

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

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VirtualScopics ( VSCP) was another company that pushed the Services sector higher today. VirtualScopics was up $0.10 (2.3%) to $4.40 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,443 shares of VirtualScopics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.11-$4.50 after having opened the day at $4.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.30.

VirtualScopics, Inc. provides imaging solutions for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries. VirtualScopics has a market cap of $13.0 million and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 24.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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.

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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