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The Services sector as a whole was unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which was unchanged. Laggards within the Services sector included Spar Group ( SGRP), down 2.8%, RLJ Entertainment ( RLJE), down 4.6%, Globus Maritime ( GLBS), down 1.8%, Learning Tree International ( LTRE), down 14.0% and Onvia ( ONVI), down 1.5%.

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

Globus Maritime ( GLBS) is one of the companies that pushed the Services sector lower today. Globus Maritime was down $0.03 (1.8%) to $1.65 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,500 shares of Globus Maritime exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.65-$1.73 after having opened the day at $1.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.68.

Globus Maritime has a market cap of $17.3 million and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are down 29.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Globus Maritime a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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At the close, RLJ Entertainment ( RLJE) was down $0.09 (4.6%) to $1.86 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11,100 shares of RLJ Entertainment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.85-$1.94 after having opened the day at $1.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.95.

RLJ Entertainment, Inc., an entertainment company, acquires content rights in British episodic mystery and drama, urban programming, and full-length motion pictures. It operates through three segments: Intellectual Property Licensing, Wholesale, and Direct-to-Consumer. RLJ Entertainment has a market cap of $25.1 million and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are down 2.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates RLJ Entertainment as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, feeble growth in its earnings per share and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on RLJE go as follows:

  • Although RLJE's debt-to-equity ratio of 2.15 is very high, it is currently less than that of the industry average.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, RLJ ENTERTAINMENT INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for RLJ ENTERTAINMENT INC is rather low; currently it is at 24.17%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -21.00% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • RLJ ENTERTAINMENT INC reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, RLJ ENTERTAINMENT INC reported poor results of -$2.30 versus -$0.49 in the prior year.
  • RLJE'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 57.70%, 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.

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

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Spar Group ( SGRP) was another company that pushed the Services sector lower today. Spar Group was down $0.04 (2.8%) to $1.40 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,200 shares of Spar Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.40-$1.42 after having opened the day at $1.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.44.

SPAR Group Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides merchandising and other marketing services worldwide. Spar Group has a market cap of $29.8 million and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are up 2.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Spar Group 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 notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SGRP go as follows:

  • SGRP's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 7.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 11.7%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displaying stagnant earnings per share.
  • SGRP's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.28 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, SGRP has a quick ratio of 2.02, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • SPAR GROUP INC reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. 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, SPAR GROUP INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.15 versus $0.13 in the prior year.
  • SGRP'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 26.11%, which is also worse than the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • The gross profit margin for SPAR GROUP INC is rather low; currently it is at 23.56%. Regardless of SGRP's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, SGRP's net profit margin of 1.23% is significantly lower than the industry average.

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

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