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The Services sector as a whole closed the day down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.2%. Laggards within the Services sector included General Employment ( JOB), down 3.1%, Radio One ( ROIA), down 14.5%, China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), down 2.7%, Alon Blue Square Israel ( BSI), down 4.3% and Armco Metals Holdings ( AMCO), down 12.3%.

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

LATAM Airlines Group ( LFL) is one of the companies that pushed the Services sector lower today. LATAM Airlines Group was down $0.48 (4.1%) to $11.22 on average volume. Throughout the day, 652,333 shares of LATAM Airlines Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 632,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $11.08-$11.32 after having opened the day at $11.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.70.

LATAM Airlines Group S.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides passenger and cargo air transportation services in South America. LATAM Airlines Group has a market cap of $6.3 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 28.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates LATAM Airlines Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LFL go as follows:

  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.54 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. To add to this, LFL has a quick ratio of 0.53, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • The gross profit margin for LATAM AIRLINES GROUP SA is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 28.87%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -1.93% trails that of the industry average.
  • LFL'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 27.27%, 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.
  • 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 Airlines industry and the overall market, LATAM AIRLINES GROUP SA's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 36.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 1.0%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: LATAM Airlines Group Ratings Report

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At the close, China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR) was down $0.03 (2.7%) to $0.91 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,150 shares of China Metro-Rural Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.91-$0.95 after having opened the day at $0.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.94.

China Metro-Rural Holdings has a market cap of $69.1 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 4.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates China Metro-Rural Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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Radio One ( ROIA) was another company that pushed the Services sector lower today. Radio One was down $0.38 (14.5%) to $2.23 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,107 shares of Radio One exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.23-$2.23 after having opened the day at $2.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.61.

Radio One, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an urban-oriented multi-media company in the United States. The company operates through four segments: Radio Broadcasting, Reach Media, Internet, and Cable Television. Radio One has a market cap of $6.0 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 31.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Radio One as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and generally high debt management risk.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ROIA go as follows:

  • 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, RADIO ONE INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 19.00 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Despite the company's weak debt-to-equity ratio, the company has managed to keep a very strong quick ratio of 2.63, which shows the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • ROIA has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 8.75% 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.
  • 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 23.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$14.21 million to -$10.82 million.
  • ROIA, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 7.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 9.3%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.

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

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