6 High Growth Services Stocks Rated As Buy Or Better

by: ZetaKap

Interested in services companies? Are you after stocks that analysts are calling 'buy' or 'strong buy'? Do you prefer high-growth stocks? For ideas on how to start your own search, we ran a screen.

EPS growth (earnings per share growth) illustrates the growth of earnings per share over time. The 1-Year Expected EPS Growth Rate is an annual growth estimate, where the growth projections are made by analysts, the company or other credible sources.

We first looked for services stocks. We then screened for businesses that analysts rate as "Buy" or "Strong Buy" (mean recommendation < 3). Next, we then screened for businesses that have expected earnings per share growth of more than 25 percent for next year(1-year projected EPS Growth Rate>25%). We did not screen out any market caps.

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1) Cambium Learning Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ABCD)

Sector: Services
Industry: Education & Training Services
Market Cap: $101.60M
Beta: 2.00

Cambium Learning Group, Inc. has a Analysts' Rating of 2.50 and 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 122.20%. The short interest was 3.14% as of 05/11/2012. Cambium Learning Group, Inc. provides intervention curricula, educational technologies, professional services, and other research-based education solutions in the United States. Its Voyager segment offers reading, math, and professional development programs, as well as online courseware and credit recovery solutions for at-risk and special education student populations. This segment also offers reading, literacy, and targeted intervention programs; interactive Web-based programs; math programs for additional student practice for grades 2-8, students in the 25th percentile and below in grades 5-9, and students at risk of failure in algebra; professional development services for teachers and leadership; and online instruction, supplemental courseware, and intervention programs.

2) Air Lease Corporation (NYSE:AL)

Sector: Services
Industry: Rental & Leasing Services
Market Cap: $2.39B
Beta: -

Air Lease Corporation has a Analysts' Rating of 2.10 and 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 32.59%. The short interest was 8.66% as of 05/11/2012. Air Lease Corporation engages in the purchase and leasing of commercial aircraft to airlines worldwide. The company also provides fleet management and remarketing services, including leasing, re-leasing, lease management, and sales services to investors and/or owners of aircraft portfolios. As of December 31, 2011, it had a fleet of 102 aircraft comprising 81 single-aisle jet aircraft, 19 twin-aisle widebody aircraft, and 2 turboprop aircraft.

3) AMN Healthcare Services Inc. (AHS)

Sector: Services
Industry: Staffing & Outsourcing Services
Market Cap: $283.79M
Beta: 1.55

AMN Healthcare Services Inc. has a Analysts' Rating of 2.00 and 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 40.63%. The short interest was 4.67% as of 05/11/2012. AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. provides healthcare staffing and clinical workforce management solutions in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Nurse and Allied Healthcare Staffing, Locum Tenens Staffing, and Physician Permanent Placement Services. The Nurse and Allied Healthcare Staffing segment provides staffing solutions for hospitals and other healthcare facilities, including managed services workforce solutions; recruitment process outsourcing program for permanent staffing needs; and various traditional staffing service solutions of local, short, and long-term assignment lengths.

4) Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)

Sector: Services
Industry: Catalog & Mail Order Houses
Market Cap: $102.13B
Beta: 0.88

Amazon.com Inc. has a Analysts' Rating of 2.10 and 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 115.25%. The short interest was 2.77% as of 05/11/2012. Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. It operates retail Websites, such as amazon.com and amazon.

5) Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ:ALGT)

Sector: Services
Industry: Regional Airlines
Market Cap: $1.22B
Beta: 0.47

Allegiant Travel Company has a Analysts' Rating of 2.20 and 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 29.82%. The short interest was 19.58% as of 05/11/2012. Allegiant Travel Company, through its subsidiaries, operates as a leisure travel company in the United States. It provides scheduled air transportation on limited frequency nonstop flights between small city markets and leisure destinations, such as Las Vegas, Orlando, Phoenix, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Los Angeles, and Ft.

6) Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE:ANF)

Sector: Services
Industry: Apparel Stores
Market Cap: $4.03B
Beta: 1.60

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. has a Analysts' Rating of 2.30 and 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 27.04%. The short interest was 8.00% as of 05/11/2012. Abercrombie & Fitch Co., through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of casual apparel for men, women, and kids. The company sells various products, including casual sportswear apparel comprising knit and woven shirts, graphic t-shirts, fleece, jeans and woven pants, shorts, sweaters, and outerwear; personal care products; and accessories for men, women, and kids under the Abercrombie & Fitch, abercrombie kids, and Hollister brands. It also offers bras, underwear, sleepwear, and at-home products for girls under the Gilly Hicks brand.

*Company profiles were sourced from Finviz. Financial data was sourced from Finviz and Google Finance.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.