5 Stocks Pushing The Diversified Services Industry Lower

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 51 points (0.4%) at 13,835 as of Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,532 issues advancing vs. 1,325 declining with 146 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Heidrick & Struggles International ( HSII), down 20.4%, Apollo Group ( APOL), down 4.7%, Air Lease ( AL), down 2.6% and Alliance Data Systems Corporation ( ADS), down 0.6%. Top gainers within the industry include Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers ( RBA), up 5.8%, AthenaHealth ( ATHN), up 1.8%, HMS Holdings Corporation ( HMSY), up 2.0% and Visa ( V), up 0.6%.

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

5. Grand Canyon Education ( LOPE) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Grand Canyon Education is down $0.98 (-4.0%) to $23.78 on heavy volume Thus far, 347,715 shares of Grand Canyon Education exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 423,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.63-$24.76 after having opened the day at $24.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.76.

Grand Canyon Education, Inc. provides postsecondary education services in the United States and Canada. It focuses on offering graduate and undergraduate degree programs in education, healthcare, business, and liberal arts disciplines. Grand Canyon Education has a market cap of $1.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Grand Canyon Education a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Grand Canyon Education 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 the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Grand Canyon Education Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Lender Processing Services ( LPS) is down $0.51 (-2.1%) to $24.27 on average volume Thus far, 364,113 shares of Lender Processing Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 753,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.04-$25.10 after having opened the day at $24.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.78.

Lender Processing Services, Inc. provides integrated technology and outsourced services to the mortgage lending industry in the United States. Lender Processing Services has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Lender Processing Services a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lender Processing Services as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, growth in earnings per share and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Lender Processing Services Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, SAIC ( SAI) is down $0.16 (-1.4%) to $11.24 on light volume Thus far, 686,750 shares of SAIC exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.22-$11.46 after having opened the day at $11.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.40.

SAIC, Inc. provides scientific, engineering, systems integration, and technical services and solutions to agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, other U.S. SAIC has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate SAIC a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SAIC 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 and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full SAIC Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Avis Budget Group ( CAR) is down $0.47 (-2.0%) to $22.61 on average volume Thus far, 632,528 shares of Avis Budget Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.56-$23.65 after having opened the day at $23.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.08.

Avis Budget Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides car and truck rentals, and ancillary services to businesses and consumers worldwide. Avis Budget Group has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Avis Budget Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Avis Budget Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good. Get the full Avis Budget Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA) is down $2.46 (-2.8%) to $85.61 on average volume Thus far, 684,290 shares of Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 934,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $85.56-$88.83 after having opened the day at $88.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.07.

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 $5.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth, 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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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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