5 Stocks Pushing The Diversified Services Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 28 points (-0.2%) at 13,217 as of Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,125 issues advancing vs. 1,742 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Lender Processing Services ( LPS), down 2.0%, Tetra Tech ( TTEK), down 2.0%, Mercadolibre ( MELI), down 1.1%, Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), down 0.9% and Verisk Analytics ( VRSK), down 0.8%. Top gainers within the industry include EnerNOC ( ENOC), up 8.9%, ManpowerGroup ( MAN), up 1.6% and Washington Post Company ( WPO), up 1.5%.

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

5. Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances is down $0.64 (-0.7%) to $94.76 on average volume Thus far, 306,647 shares of Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 726,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $94.66-$96.23 after having opened the day at $95.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $95.40.

Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. operates as a beauty retailer that provides prestige, mass, and salon products; and salon services in the United States. Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances has a market cap of $6.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 40.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 49.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Fidelity National Information Services ( FIS) is down $0.43 (-1.2%) to $35.68 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Fidelity National Information Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.20-$36.10 after having opened the day at $35.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.11.

Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. provides banking and payments technology solutions worldwide. The company offers financial institution core processing, card issuer, and transaction processing services, including the NYCE Network. Fidelity National Information Services has a market cap of $10.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 36.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Fidelity National Information Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fidelity National Information Services 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, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Fidelity National Information Services Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Alliance Data Systems Corporation ( ADS) is down $1.19 (-0.8%) to $143.61 on light volume Thus far, 95,206 shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 552,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $143.38-$144.79 after having opened the day at $144.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $144.80.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation provides loyalty and marketing solutions primarily in North America. The company creates and deploys customized solutions. 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 22.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 39.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Alliance Data Systems Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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 expanding profit margins. 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.

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2. As of noon trading, Moody's Corporation ( MCO) is down $0.48 (-1.0%) to $48.77 on light volume Thus far, 209,701 shares of Moody's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.73-$49.32 after having opened the day at $49.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.25.

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 $11.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, equal to 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 Wednesday. 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 notable return on equity, revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. 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 Moody's Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, United Rentals ( URI) is down $0.49 (-1.1%) to $42.73 on light volume Thus far, 575,368 shares of United Rentals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.28-$43.60 after having opened the day at $43.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.22.

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 57.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 45.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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.

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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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