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 30 points (-0.2%) at 14,005 as of Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 12:04 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 991 issues advancing vs. 1,875 declining with 138 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Total System Services ( TSS), down 5.3%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), down 3.0%, SAIC ( SAI), down 2.6% and Moody's Corporation ( MCO), down 1.8%.

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

5. Robert Half International ( RHI) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Robert Half International is down $0.74 (-2.0%) to $35.99 on light volume Thus far, 380,798 shares of Robert Half International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.98-$36.83 after having opened the day at $36.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.73.

Robert Half International Inc. provides staffing and risk consulting services in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Its Accountemps division offers temporary staffing in the fields of accounting, tax, and finance. Robert Half International has a market cap of $5.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Robert Half International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Robert Half International 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. 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 Robert Half International Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ) is down $0.35 (-1.8%) to $19.26 on light volume Thus far, 964,012 shares of Hertz Global Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.25-$19.61 after having opened the day at $19.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.61.

Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the car and equipment rental businesses worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Car Rental and Equipment Rental. Hertz Global Holdings has a market cap of $8.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Hertz Global Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hertz Global Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth 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 Hertz Global Holdings Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Western Union Company ( WU) is down $0.29 (-2.0%) to $13.96 on average volume Thus far, 4.2 million shares of Western Union Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.92-$14.27 after having opened the day at $14.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.25.

The Western Union Company provides money movement and payment services worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Consumer-to-Consumer and Global Business Payments. Western Union Company has a market cap of $8.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Western Union Company a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Western Union Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, 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 Western Union Company Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, MasterCard Incorporated ( MA) is down $4.72 (-0.9%) to $518.14 on light volume Thus far, 167,393 shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 736,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $517.90-$524.21 after having opened the day at $520.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $522.86.

MasterCard Incorporated, a payments and technology company, together with its subsidiaries, provides transaction processing and other payment-related services in the United States and internationally. MasterCard Incorporated has a market cap of $61.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 22 analysts that rate MasterCard Incorporated a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MasterCard Incorporated 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, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full MasterCard Incorporated Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Visa ( V) is down $1.65 (-1.0%) to $155.96 on average volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $155.86-$157.61 after having opened the day at $157.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $157.61.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, engages in the operation of retail electronic payments network worldwide. It facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. Visa has a market cap of $83.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate Visa a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa 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, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Visa Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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