logo
Sign in or Register

Already a member?

Sign in

Or sign in with your account on:

Not a member yet?

Register
    

Small-Cap Stars: Services Stocks

By  +Follow October 15, 2013 2:53AM
Share:
Tickers Mentioned:

Over the past year, consumers and businesses in the US have been confronted with a number of substantial and fairly unique contingencies that have puts limitations on spending ability.

First came the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts, which was followed quickly by sequestration, and then a government shutdown capped by the threat of the nation defaulting on its debt, all of which has taken place against the backdrop of the threat of reduced stimulus spending out of the Federal Reserve. All of these factors have taken a bite out of the ability of individual consumers, families and businesses to spend money on whatever it is they need.

These conditions have created an uncertain environment for all economic sectors, and have left investors looking for new and better equity opportunities. Companies operating in the services sector have been under pressure as their clients or prospective clients rethink their budgets with a greater emphasis on saving rather than spending. Needless to say, some have managed better than others.

Thankfully, Equities.com has just recently unveiled its Small-Cap Stars series. As a means of locating and scrutinizing some of the most promising investment opportunities in each sector of the economy, Equities.com’s very own analysts have compiled a list of small-caps based on the most relevant, sector-specific fundamentals.

Our research analysts determined the following set of benchmarks for the most compelling small–cap companies in the consumer services sector:

Firm Value:  This barometer gauges the size and long-term health of a business.

Pre-Tax Operating Margins: Pre-tax operating income is one of the best barometers by which to assess the basic health of a business. A high margin is consistent with the theory that companies will perform better with extra pricing control.

Dividends: This metric is based on whether a company actually issues a dividend, as opposed to how much the dividend was. Dividends are counter-intuitive to companies in growth mode.

Market Debt/Equity: Companies obtaining capital through debt are likely healthier than companies raising capital through equity offerings because of the significantly more stringent requirements to access credit from banks.

Institutional Holdings:  Significant institutional ownership suggests a company’s potential is validated by major asset management firms, or the “smart money.”

A brief glance at the many companies that match up to these criteria should be sufficient to justify the worth of the methodology by which they were selected:

Phoenix New Media Limited (FENG) – The $888 million Chinese company is an internet and television content provider with that is very much at home in the all-important mobile segment. Its operations cover all types of content from news, to entertainment, to blogging, with operations limited for the time being to its home country. Founded in 2007, the shares for FENG are currently trading above $11 each, having gained 220 percent on the year.

Multimedia Games Inc. (MGAM) – The $945 million company designs and sells gaming machines primarily to casinos, including those located on Indian reservations in the US where restrictions on gambling are not as severe. The company is selling shares for over $32 each, having doubled in value so far this year on an overall advance of 122 percent.

Cumulus Media Inc. (CMLS) – The $977 million company is the owner and operator of commercial radio station clusters throughout the US. With over 500 stations in over 100 markets, the company makes the bulk of its revenues from selling advertising at the local, regional and national levels. Shares have more than doubled in value on a year-to-date basis (a gain of 107 percent), to the current price of $5.68.

DISCLOSURE: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors, and do not represent the views of equities.com. Readers should not consider statements made by the author as formal recommendations and should consult their financial advisor before making any investment decisions.


Liked What You Read? Join Equities.com and Connect With Your Favorite Financial Experts FOR FREE! Members of Equities.com gain access to our leading financial news and content, active social investment community, proprietary research tools including the 2014 Small-Cap Stars, E.V.A. reports and more.

Results for CMLS
Daily Contracts
22 Aug 14 10:25:00
Real-Time feed of company contracts, original agreements and executive updates from Cumulus Media $CMLS http://t.co/URFSzkDotZ
Sammy TheBull
22 Aug 14 04:48:38
RT @arkur72: Day Trading Watch list for 21.08.2014(part2) $SKUL $PTX $SPPI $DGLY $MNDL $CMLS $SCOK $AMCF $SYN $INVT $BSPM
Stock News Updates
21 Aug 14 22:11:20
$CMLS: Cumulus Media (CMLS) Showing Signs Of Perilous Reversal Today http://t.co/HL0Q0j94Pl http://t.co/cQc1IgIKdC
00Matt
21 Aug 14 19:55:31
New post: 8/22 Watch List http://t.co/d8OFtFDNW4 $CCIH $MNDL $CMLS $HIMX $JRJC $DGLY $TKMR $JCP $HGSH $EVRY
Stockaholics
21 Aug 14 12:05:49
LGBS up 42.86%! News update & New Pick Coming: http://t.co/LfDGSIfVSV $LFL $BTU $CMLS
Bobby J
21 Aug 14 06:42:05
RT @arkur72: Day Trading Watch list for 21.08.2014(part2) $SKUL $PTX $SPPI $DGLY $MNDL $CMLS $SCOK $AMCF $SYN $INVT $BSPM
Eli Pritsker
21 Aug 14 04:25:35
RT @arkur72: Day Trading Watch list for 21.08.2014(part2) $SKUL $PTX $SPPI $DGLY $MNDL $CMLS $SCOK $AMCF $SYN $INVT $BSPM
luckypete
21 Aug 14 04:16:58
RT @arkur72: Day Trading Watch list for 21.08.2014(part2) $SKUL $PTX $SPPI $DGLY $MNDL $CMLS $SCOK $AMCF $SYN $INVT $BSPM
Trade Alerts
21 Aug 14 04:05:36
Day Trading Watch list for 21.08.2014(part2) $SKUL $PTX $SPPI $DGLY $MNDL $CMLS $SCOK $AMCF $SYN $INVT $BSPM
Lea
21 Aug 14 03:46:28
On watch today: $TC, $DRL, $CMLS, $MNDL, $AEO, $ANV, $EXAS, $RDEN, $PTX, $SCOK, $SYN, $FOLD, $JRJC, $USU, $INVT
Dstep
20 Aug 14 23:40:07
RT @StockEnigma: New post: 8/21 Watch List http://t.co/1qL5gmQUuS $JRJC $IRF $FOLD $CMLS $MNDL $CCIH $DGLY $AXAS $SWIR $HIMX
00Matt
20 Aug 14 21:32:06
New post: 8/21 Watch List http://t.co/1qL5gmQUuS $JRJC $IRF $FOLD $CMLS $MNDL $CCIH $DGLY $AXAS $SWIR $HIMX
Stock Market News
20 Aug 14 21:11:20
$CMLS: Small Cap Bearish runners: Cumulus Media Inc (CMLS), BGC Partners, Inc ... http://t.co/kcyC9VpxZW http://t.co/fbig7cZtry
Monte Werle
20 Aug 14 20:52:09
$MNDL $CMLS $CADC $TC $HPJ $FOLD $IVNT $SYN on my watch-list
Stockaholics
20 Aug 14 19:44:54
$GLBH closed up 150% today! Major Update: http://t.co/nHv4FnEmKE $LFL $BTU $CMLS
Sammy TheBull
20 Aug 14 19:21:59
RT @daytradingpwr: Thursday morning day trade list: $FOLD $JRJC $DRL $GALT $CMLS $CY $SPXU
Eli Pritsker
20 Aug 14 18:57:03
RT @daytradingpwr: Thursday morning day trade list: $FOLD $JRJC $DRL $GALT $CMLS $CY $SPXU
DayTrading Power
20 Aug 14 18:56:00
Thursday morning day trade list: $FOLD $JRJC $DRL $GALT $CMLS $CY $SPXU
Stockmarketsvane
20 Aug 14 17:14:33
Swing Sell Picks: $CMLS, $EXPR http://t.co/n8bQWWSq0v
ShortStockVolume.com
20 Aug 14 14:31:47
Top Shorted Stocks 08/20/14... 14. $SCHW 65.77% 15. $CMCSA 65.62% 16. $MRO 64.77% 17. $VEA 64.53% 18. $CMLS 64.10% 19. $EWG 63.46%...
ShortStockVolume.com
20 Aug 14 14:31:46
Top Shorted Stocks 08/20/14... 17. $VEA 64.53% 18. $CMLS 64.10% 19. $EWG 63.46%... http://t.co/nycxjWf602
Companies in News
20 Aug 14 13:11:21
$CMLS: Today's Stocks : Overland Storage Inc. (NASDAQ:OVRL), Dyax (NASDAQ:DYAX ... http://t.co/GZPHRpDEiX http://t.co/Kks7K9PK5Z
12Stocks.com
20 Aug 14 13:01:54
Smallcap #Stocks Performance $ZAZA $IRF $FOLD $PTX $HAIN $PETX $MEG $RDEN $EXAS $MRIN $SPDC $CMLS $BEBE more@ http://t.co/jIGfl7ofoU
Brian Schaefer
20 Aug 14 12:42:06
trend setups: $PRAN, $MVIS, $SOL, $TGE, $UQM, $ZNGA, $CORT, $AMSC, $BSDM, $CMLS, $GTE, $MEET, $CNTF; Waiting for pullback on $MRIN
Daily Contracts
20 Aug 14 12:17:00
Real-Time feed of company contracts, original agreements and executive updates from Cumulus Media $CMLS http://t.co/sDnBnWhfqs
Stockaholics
20 Aug 14 12:05:50
SKYF ran up as much as 300% Today! News Update: http://t.co/5A4Sg5sQA5 $LFL $BTU $CMLS
ozzyissuccess
20 Aug 14 08:47:40
$cmls flagging intraday
Richard Bailey
20 Aug 14 08:20:03
RT @AlertTrade: via #AlertTrade Price Action Alert $CMLS - CUMULUS MEDIA #stocks #intraday http://t.co/VS8RO0UwVJ
Day Trade Alerts
20 Aug 14 08:12:23
via #AlertTrade Price Action Alert $CMLS - CUMULUS MEDIA #stocks #intraday http://t.co/VS8RO0UwVJ
Alex Badgley
20 Aug 14 06:11:45
RT @StockPicksNYC: todays Stock Alert is $CMLS trading at 4.45
Alex Badgley
20 Aug 14 06:11:08
RT @StockPicksNYC: @brandonsecret67 its not luck buddy check my last 3 picks . 3 wins a row winning streak. Not luck $VRNG $CMLS $GALT
Market News
19 Aug 14 12:11:23
$CMLS: NFL Commissioner Says He Knows Nothing About Cheerleader Pay http://t.co/T8dFSjumxg http://t.co/dVmOpnXHOO
Business News Watch
19 Aug 14 11:11:20
$CMLS: Cumulus to stop distributing ABC News Radio at the end of 2014 http://t.co/bEBAi6pLAR http://t.co/BVKaNw8eq5
US_proptrader
19 Aug 14 10:16:10
$ACHN $CMLS $DGLY $DRL $EXAS $EXTR $TASR $YPF autocharts @ http://t.co/cLiki3Rz3r
US_proptrader
19 Aug 14 09:58:09
$AMPE $CMLS $DGLY $GLUU $HK $JASO $JRJC $TASR autocharts @ http://t.co/kn4mViMgNq
US_proptrader
19 Aug 14 07:31:03
$CMLS $FCEL $GDP $HK $JRJC $MOBI autocharts @ http://t.co/kn4mViMgNq
US_proptrader
19 Aug 14 07:27:47
$AKS $CMLS $FCEL $GDP $HK $JRJC $KNDI $SGMS $ZNGA autocharts @ http://t.co/kn4mViMgNq
WinningStockPicks
18 Aug 14 14:54:53
RT @StockPicksNYC: $CMLS at $4.81 after my alert yesterday morning at $4.45 Up 10% trading in only one direction leaving zero bag holders.
WinningStockPicks
18 Aug 14 14:54:34
RT @StockPicksNYC: todays Stock Alert is $CMLS trading at 4.45
GoldMineWEEDstocks
18 Aug 14 14:50:44
RT @StockPicksNYC: $CMLS at $4.81 after my alert yesterday morning at $4.45 Up 10% trading in only one direction leaving zero bag holders.
GoldMineWEEDstocks
18 Aug 14 14:50:30
RT @StockPicksNYC: todays Stock Alert is $CMLS trading at 4.45
TrendingHIPHOPsongs
18 Aug 14 14:12:05
RT @StockPicksNYC: @brandonsecret67 its not luck buddy check my last 3 picks . 3 wins a row winning streak. Not luck $VRNG $CMLS $GALT
C0VERZZ
18 Aug 14 12:51:13
RT @StockPicksNYC: @brandonsecret67 its not luck buddy check my last 3 picks . 3 wins a row winning streak. Not luck $VRNG $CMLS $GALT
PowerTrades
18 Aug 14 12:49:49
RT @StockPicksNYC: @brandonsecret67 its not luck buddy check my last 3 picks . 3 wins a row winning streak. Not luck $VRNG $CMLS $GALT
Stock Picks NYC
18 Aug 14 12:39:30
@brandonsecret67 its not luck buddy check my last 3 picks . 3 wins a row winning streak. Not luck $VRNG $CMLS $GALT
PowerTrades
18 Aug 14 12:04:25
RT @StockPicksNYC: $CMLS now at $4.91 from my 4.45 alert yesterday. I think I need to change my name to KINGOFWALLSTREET Where are the damn…
Market Monitor
18 Aug 14 08:11:17
$CMLS: Stocks To Watch: Sarepta Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:SRPT), Cumulus Media ... http://t.co/cE7VQKdR5M http://t.co/dT9iWN83mb
US_proptrader
18 Aug 14 07:50:28
$BCRX $CMLS $EXEL $MNKD $SPWR $SUNE $TASR $WETF $YPF autocharts @ http://t.co/kn4mViMgNq
Outlaw
18 Aug 14 06:36:00
RT @StockPicksNYC: $CMLS now at $4.91 from my 4.45 alert yesterday. I think I need to change my name to KINGOFWALLSTREET Where are the damn…
Hussein Awad
17 Aug 14 13:04:42
RT @TargetPriceCall: They say pictures are worth a thousand words. $HIMx $mhr $anr $cmls $aria $keg $bsbr $wlt $shor achn $nvax $auq $axas …
				
				
By  +Follow October 15, 2013 2:53AM
Share:

Comments

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

About us

Equities.com is the most advanced interactive online social ecosystem for the financial industry, serving as a resource center and next-generation communication platform that connects self-directed investors with public issuers, market experts, and professional service providers and vendors. Registered members can leverage our exclusive proprietary research tools such as the Small-Cap Stars, which outperformed 90% of all small-cap mutual funds, and robust do-it-yourself E.V.A. research reports. The Equities.com Issuer Dashboard is the ideal tool to communicate and manage investor awareness campaigns to the investment community, as well as to access valuable resources to help your company grow.

Market Data powered by QuoteMedia.
Copyright © QuoteMedia. Data delayed 15 minutes unless otherwise indicated. Terms of Use.