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The Services sector as a whole closed the day up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.8%. Laggards within the Services sector included Kelly Services ( KELYB), down 11.7%, General Employment ( JOB), down 6.9%, Liberty Global ( LBTYB), down 4.1%, Books-A-Million ( BAMM), down 1.9% and Nevada Gold & Casinos ( UWN), down 6.5%.

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

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide ( HOT) is one of the companies that pushed the Services sector lower today. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide was down $2.34 (3.2%) to $70.87 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5,951,375 shares of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,075,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $68.95-$72.68 after having opened the day at $71.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.21.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. operates as a hotel and leisure company worldwide. The company owns, operates, and franchises luxury and upscale full-service hotels, resorts, residences, retreats, select-service hotels, and extended stay hotels under the St. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has a market cap of $13.7 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 7.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on HOT go as follows:

  • The stock has risen over the past year as investors have generally rewarded the company for its earnings growth and other positive factors like the ones we have cited in this report. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry average. The net income increased by 11.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $137.00 million to $153.00 million.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.55, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Despite the fact that HOT's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.69, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, STARWOOD HOTELS&RESORTS WRLD has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Ratings Report

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At the close, Nevada Gold & Casinos ( UWN) was down $0.08 (6.5%) to $1.15 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,000 shares of Nevada Gold & Casinos exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 20,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.14-$1.19 after having opened the day at $1.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.23.

Nevada Gold & Casinos, Inc., a gaming company, is engaged in financing, developing, owning, and operating gaming properties and projects primarily in Washington and South Dakota. The company operates in three segments: Washington Gold, South Dakota Gold, and Corporate. Nevada Gold & Casinos has a market cap of $19.0 million and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 10.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Nevada Gold & Casinos as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on UWN go as follows:

  • UWN's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 6.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.5%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.42, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. To add to this, UWN has a quick ratio of 1.72, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 36.98% is the gross profit margin for NEVADA GOLD & CASINOS INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, UWN's net profit margin of 2.22% significantly trails the industry average.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry and the overall market, NEVADA GOLD & CASINOS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Nevada Gold & Casinos Ratings Report

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Books-A-Million ( BAMM) was another company that pushed the Services sector lower today. Books-A-Million was down $0.03 (1.9%) to $1.54 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6,019 shares of Books-A-Million exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.53-$1.55 after having opened the day at $1.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.57.

Books-A-Million, Inc. operates as a book retailer primarily in the eastern United States. It operates in three segments: Retail Trade, Electronic Commerce Trade, and Real Estate Development and Management. Books-A-Million has a market cap of $22.9 million and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 32.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Books-A-Million as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and generally high debt management risk.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on BAMM go as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for BOOKS-A-MILLION INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 28.63%. Regardless of BAMM's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, BAMM's net profit margin of -2.78% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • BAMM'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 39.05%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last 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.
  • BAMM's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.63 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 0.06 is very low and demonstrates very weak liquidity.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Specialty Retail industry and the overall market, BOOKS-A-MILLION INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • BOOKS-A-MILLION INC reported significant earnings per share improvement 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, BOOKS-A-MILLION INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.52 versus $0.15 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Books-A-Million Ratings Report

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