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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