5 Stocks Pushing The Diversified Services Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.2%) at 12,810 as of Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,635 issues advancing vs. 1,204 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Deluxe Corporation ( DLX), down 3.1%, and Giant Interactive Group ( GA), down 2.0%. Top gainers within the industry include Infinity Pharmaceuticals ( INFI), up 9.6%, Shutterfly ( SFLY), up 4.1%, R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company ( RRD), up 2.6%, Lender Processing Services ( LPS), up 2.8% and AECOM Technology Corporation ( ACM), up 2.8%.

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

5. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers ( RBA) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers is down $0.25 (-1.2%) to $20.99 on light volume Thus far, 95,232 shares of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 664,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.89-$21.20 after having opened the day at $21.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.24.

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated, an industrial auctioneer, sells various equipment to on-site and online bidders. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Rent-A-Center ( RCII) is down $0.41 (-1.2%) to $34.44 on light volume Thus far, 74,228 shares of Rent-A-Center exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 413,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.35-$35.00 after having opened the day at $34.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.85.

Rent-A-Center, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, leases household durable goods to customers on a rent-to-own basis primarily in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Rent-A-Center has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Rent-A-Center a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rent-A-Center as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Rent-A-Center Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Aaron's ( AAN) is down $0.30 (-1.0%) to $29.12 on light volume Thus far, 146,570 shares of Aaron's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 496,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.01-$29.73 after having opened the day at $29.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.42.

Aaron's, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of consumer electronics, computers, residential furniture, household appliances, and accessories in the United States and Canada. Aaron's has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Aaron's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aaron's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Aaron's Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Myriad Genetics ( MYGN) is down $0.48 (-1.6%) to $29.93 on light volume Thus far, 171,870 shares of Myriad Genetics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 654,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.89-$30.20 after having opened the day at $30.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.41.

Myriad Genetics, Inc., a molecular diagnostic company, focuses on the development and marketing of predictive medicine, personalized medicine, and prognostic medicine tests primarily in the United States. Myriad Genetics has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 46.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Myriad Genetics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Myriad Genetics as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Myriad Genetics Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU) is down $0.18 (-0.9%) to $19.35 on average volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of New Oriental Education & Technology Group I exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.25-$19.68 after having opened the day at $19.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.53.

New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. provides private educational services primarily in China. New Oriental Education & Technology Group I has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 20.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate New Oriental Education & Technology Group I a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates New Oriental Education & Technology Group I as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, premium valuation and disappointing return on equity. Get the full New Oriental Education & Technology Group I Ratings Report now.

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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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