3 Stocks Pushing The Diversified Services Industry Lower

The Diversified Services industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.3%. Laggards within the Diversified Services industry included Spar Group ( SGRP), down 6.6%, Compx International ( CIX), down 2.6%, VirtualScopics ( VSCP), down 5.3%, Industrial Services of America ( IDSA), down 4.2% and China Yida ( CNYD), down 6.2%.

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

VirtualScopics ( VSCP) is one of the companies that pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today. VirtualScopics was down $0.13 (5.3%) to $2.30 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,802 shares of VirtualScopics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.21-$2.43 after having opened the day at $2.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.43.

VirtualScopics, Inc. provides imaging solutions to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries. VirtualScopics has a market cap of $7.5 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 23.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates VirtualScopics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates VirtualScopics as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on VSCP 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 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.
  • The gross profit margin for VIRTUALSCOPICS INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 33.41%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -18.11% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • VSCP'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 33.69%, 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.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Life Sciences Tools & Services industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 25.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$0.73 million to -$0.55 million.
  • VIRTUALSCOPICS INC has improved earnings per share by 23.1% 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, VIRTUALSCOPICS INC reported poor results of -$1.20 versus -$1.02 in the prior year.

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

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At the close, Compx International ( CIX) was down $0.29 (2.6%) to $10.78 on light volume. Throughout the day, 215 shares of Compx International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $10.78-$10.78 after having opened the day at $10.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.07.

CompX International Inc. engages in the manufacture and sale of security products and recreational marine components primarily in North America. The company operates through two segments, Security Products and Marine Components. Compx International has a market cap of $27.4 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 8.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Compx International as a buy. 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, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CIX go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 5.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 8.2%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • CIX 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 5.13, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • 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.
  • COMPX INTERNATIONAL INC has improved earnings per share by 11.8% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, COMPX INTERNATIONAL INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.70 versus $0.49 in the prior year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Commercial Services & Supplies industry. The net income increased by 12.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $2.14 million to $2.41 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Compx International Ratings Report

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Spar Group ( SGRP) was another company that pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today. Spar Group was down $0.09 (6.6%) to $1.28 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 9,908 shares of Spar Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.26-$1.32 after having opened the day at $1.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.37.

SPAR Group Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides merchandising and marketing services worldwide. Spar Group has a market cap of $27.8 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 2.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Spar Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, 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:

  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Media industry. The net income increased by 79.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$0.37 million to -$0.07 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 6.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • SPAR GROUP INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Stable Earnings per share over the past year indicate the company has sound management over its earnings and share float. During the past fiscal year, SPAR GROUP INC's EPS of $0.15 remained unchanged from the prior years' EPS of $0.15.
  • The gross profit margin for SPAR GROUP INC is rather low; currently it is at 23.62%. 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 -0.25% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $1.44 million or 41.66% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.

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

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