3 Services Stocks Moving The Sector Upward

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Two out of the three major indices traded up today The three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 80 points (0.5%) at 17,464 as of Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, 3:25 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,610 issues advancing vs. 1,406 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Services sector as a whole was unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.5%. Top gainers within the Services sector included Crystal Rock Holdings ( CRVP), up 2.6%, Birks Group ( BGI), up 6.0%, Nevada Gold & Casinos ( UWN), up 4.2%, Liberty Interactive ( LINTB), up 6.0% and Globus Maritime ( GLBS), up 2.2%.

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

Globus Maritime ( GLBS) is one of the companies that pushed the Services sector higher today. Globus Maritime was up $0.07 (2.2%) to $3.19 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 33,500 shares of Globus Maritime exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.19-$3.46 after having opened the day at $3.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.12.

Globus Maritime has a market cap of $32.2 million and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 20.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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At the close, Liberty Interactive ( LINTB) was up $1.55 (6.0%) to $27.34 on light volume. Throughout the day, 200 shares of Liberty Interactive exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $27.34-$28.16 after having opened the day at $28.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.79.

Liberty Interactive has a market cap of $868.4 million and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 12.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Nevada Gold & Casinos ( UWN) was another company that pushed the Services sector higher today. Nevada Gold & Casinos was up $0.05 (4.2%) to $1.25 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 38,487 shares of Nevada Gold & Casinos exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.22-$1.26 after having opened the day at $1.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.20.

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 $19.9 million and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 12.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Nevada Gold & Casinos a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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 impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 9.8%. 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.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • 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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