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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