Editor's Note: 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 All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 18 points (-0.1%) at 13,964 as of Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,305 issues advancing vs. 1,524 declining with 153 unchanged. The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the industry that fell today was Fidelity National Information Services ( FIS), up 1.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), up 5.0%, Tyco International ( TYC), up 0.8% and Visa ( V), up 0.7%. TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today: 3. Strayer Education ( STRA) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Strayer Education is down $6.62 (-10.4%) to $57.35 on heavy volume Thus far, 650,915 shares of Strayer Education exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 206,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.38-$60.00 after having opened the day at $59.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.97. Strayer Education, Inc., through its subsidiary, Strayer University, provides post-secondary education services for working adults. Strayer Education has a market cap of $739.5 million and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Strayer Education a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Strayer Education as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Strayer Education Ratings Report now. It's Official: Action Alerts PLUS beats the S&P 500 with Dividends Reinvested! Cramer and Link were up 16.72% in 2012. Were you? See what they are trading for 14-days FREE
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