4 Stocks Pushing The Diversified Services Industry Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 24 points (-0.2%) at 14,029 as of Friday, March 1, 2013, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,249 issues advancing vs. 1,609 declining with 131 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 American Public Education ( APEI), down 7.8%, Corrections Corporation of America ( CXW), down 3.2%, Rollins ( ROL), down 2.3%, Alliance Data Systems Corporation ( ADS), down 0.9% and Fiserv ( FISV), down 0.8%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

4. Qiagen ( QGEN) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Qiagen is down $0.25 (-1.2%) to $21.19 on light volume Thus far, 272,534 shares of Qiagen exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 845,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.04-$21.25 after having opened the day at $21.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.44.

QIAGEN N.V., through its subsidiaries, provides sample and assay technologies worldwide. Qiagen has a market cap of $5.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 46.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Qiagen a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Qiagen as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Qiagen Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Jacobs Engineering Group ( JEC) is down $0.77 (-1.6%) to $48.07 on average volume Thus far, 585,400 shares of Jacobs Engineering Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 832,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.34-$48.54 after having opened the day at $48.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.84.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. provides technical, professional, and construction services to various industrial, commercial, and governmental clients worldwide. Jacobs Engineering Group has a market cap of $6.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.2, below 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 9 analysts that rate Jacobs Engineering Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Jacobs Engineering Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Jacobs Engineering Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Tyco International ( TYC) is down $0.21 (-0.7%) to $31.80 on light volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Tyco International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.56-$32.11 after having opened the day at $31.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.01.

Tyco International Ltd. operates as a fire protection and security company. The company provides security products and services, fire protection and detection products and services, valves and controls, and other industrial products. Tyco International has a market cap of $14.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 9.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Tyco International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tyco International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Tyco International Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ) is down $0.28 (-1.4%) to $19.67 on light volume Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Hertz Global Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.60-$19.94 after having opened the day at $19.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.95.

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 14.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Hertz Global Holdings 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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