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5 Diversified Services Stocks Dragging The Industry Down

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 81 points (-0.5%) at 15,762 as of Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,157 issues advancing vs. 1,771 declining with 147 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Visa ( V), down 0.9%, and MasterCard Incorporated ( MA), down 0.6%. A company within the industry that increased today was Western Union Company ( WU), up 0.8%.

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

5. HMS Holdings Corporation ( HMSY) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, HMS Holdings Corporation is down $0.90 (-4.1%) to $21.10 on heavy volume. Thus far, 623,493 shares of HMS Holdings Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 794,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.94-$22.03 after having opened the day at $22.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.99.

HMS Holdings Corp. provides cost containment services to government and private healthcare payers and sponsors. The company's services include co-ordination of benefits and program integrity services. HMS Holdings Corporation has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 41.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 15.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate HMS Holdings Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HMS Holdings Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full HMS Holdings Corporation Ratings Report now.

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