5 Stocks Pushing The Diversified Services Industry Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 10 points (-0.1%) at 13,082 as of Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, 1:34 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,351 issues advancing vs. 1,574 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Zillow ( Z), down 4.4%, Cintas Corporation ( CTAS), down 1.4%, Mercadolibre ( MELI), down 1.7%, Paychex ( PAYX), down 0.8% and Fidelity National Information Services ( FIS), down 0.9%. Top gainers within the industry include Brink's Company ( BCO), up 9.1%, ExlService Holdings ( EXLS), up 4.7% and Geo Group ( GEO), up 4.5%.

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

5. Alliance Data Systems Corporation ( ADS) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Alliance Data Systems Corporation is down $1.05 (-0.7%) to $142.38 on light volume Thus far, 113,295 shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 532,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $141.65-$143.59 after having opened the day at $143.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $143.43.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation provides data-driven and transaction-based marketing, and customer loyalty solutions primarily in the United States and Canada. Alliance Data Systems Corporation has a market cap of $7.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 39.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Alliance Data Systems Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alliance Data Systems Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Alliance Data Systems Corporation Ratings Report now.

4. As of noon trading, Moody's Corporation ( MCO) is down $1.85 (-3.9%) to $46.17 on average volume Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Moody's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.92-$48.05 after having opened the day at $47.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.02.

Moody's Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides credit ratings, research, and analysis covering fixed-income securities, other debt instruments, and the entities that issue such instruments in the global capital markets. Moody's Corporation has a market cap of $10.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 45.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Moody's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Moody's Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Moody's Corporation Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, SBA Communications ( SBAC) is down $0.10 (0.1%) to $66.70 on light volume Thus far, 394,712 shares of SBA Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.80-$66.88 after having opened the day at $66.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.60.

SBA Communications Corporation owns and operates wireless communications towers primarily in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Panama. SBA Communications has a market cap of $8.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of -54.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 55.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate SBA Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SBA Communications as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full SBA Communications Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, United Rentals ( URI) is down $0.15 (-0.4%) to $40.79 on light volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of United Rentals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.30-$41.46 after having opened the day at $41.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.94.

United Rentals, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an equipment rental company. It offers approximately 3,000 classes of equipment for rent to customers comprising construction and industrial companies, manufacturers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners, and government entities. United Rentals has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 56.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 44.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate United Rentals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Rentals as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full United Rentals Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, Accenture ( ACN) is down $0.58 (-0.8%) to $67.33 on light volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Accenture exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.75-$68.08 after having opened the day at $67.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.91.

Accenture plc operates as a management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company worldwide. Accenture has a market cap of $43.9 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Accenture a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Accenture 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, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Accenture Ratings Report now.

If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the diversified services industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services ( IYC) while those bearish on the diversified services industry could consider ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers ( SCC).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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