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5 Stocks Dragging The Diversified Services Industry Downward

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) trading down 0 points (0.0%) at 15,915 as of Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,252 issues advancing vs. 1,627 declining with 137 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Qiagen (QGEN), down 1.2%, McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI), down 0.8% and MasterCard Incorporated (MA), down 0.8%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

5. Total System Services (TSS) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Total System Services is down $0.58 (-1.9%) to $30.74 on average volume. Thus far, 598,270 shares of Total System Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.74-$31.18 after having opened the day at $31.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.32.

Total System Services, Inc. provides payment processing and other services to card-issuing and merchant acquiring institutions in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: North America Services, International Services, and Merchant Services. Total System Services has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 46.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Total System Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Total System Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Total System Services Ratings Report now.

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