3 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 64 points (0.5%) at 13,945 as of Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,966 issues advancing vs. 866 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the industry include HMS Holdings Corporation ( HMSY), up 7.2%, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), up 2.0%, Moody's Corporation ( MCO), up 1.5%, Robert Half International ( RHI), up 1.4% and Western Union Company ( WU), up 1.0%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. Aircastle ( AYR) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Aircastle is down $0.76 (-5.4%) to $13.23 on heavy volume Thus far, 420,135 shares of Aircastle exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 398,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.20-$13.88 after having opened the day at $13.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.99.

Aircastle Limited, through its subsidiaries, engages in the acquisition, lease, and sale of high-utility commercial jet aircraft to passenger and cargo airlines worldwide. Aircastle has a market cap of $972.9 million and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Aircastle a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aircastle as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Aircastle Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers ( RBA) is down $0.39 (-1.7%) to $22.20 on average volume Thus far, 210,467 shares of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 378,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.16-$22.56 after having opened the day at $22.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.59.

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated, an industrial auctioneer, sells various equipment to on-site and online bidders. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers 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, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Washington Post Company ( WPO) is down $5.93 (-1.4%) to $406.47 on light volume Thus far, 8,404 shares of Washington Post Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 32,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $404.99-$415.03 after having opened the day at $412.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $412.40.

The Washington Post Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a diversified education and media company in the United States and internationally. Washington Post Company has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Washington Post Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Washington Post Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Washington Post Company 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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