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 down 15 points (-0.1%) at 14,074 as of Monday, March 4, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,220 issues advancing vs. 1,591 declining with 184 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 Education Management Corporation ( EDMC), down 9.1%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), down 2.9%, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers ( RBA), down 2.9%, Qiagen ( QGEN), down 2.5% and Western Union Company ( WU), down 1.8%. Top gainers within the industry include Green Dot ( GDOT), up 8.1%, MoneyGram International ( MGI), up 4.4%, Amerco ( UHAL), up 2.3%, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), up 1.6% and H&R Block ( HRB), up 1.6%.

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

5. WEX ( WXS) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, WEX is down $0.76 (-1.0%) to $74.90 on average volume Thus far, 96,333 shares of WEX exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 224,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.72-$75.89 after having opened the day at $75.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.66.

WEX Inc. provides business payment processing and information management solutions in North America, the Asia Pacific, and Europe. It operates in two segments, Fleet Payment Solutions and Other Payment Solutions. WEX has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates WEX a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates WEX 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, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full WEX Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Myriad Genetics ( MYGN) is down $0.40 (-1.6%) to $25.06 on average volume Thus far, 513,441 shares of Myriad Genetics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 901,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.91-$25.46 after having opened the day at $25.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.46.

Myriad Genetics, Inc., a molecular diagnostic company, focuses on the development and marketing of predictive medicine, personalized medicine, and prognostic medicine tests primarily in the United States. Myriad Genetics has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Myriad Genetics a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Myriad Genetics 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Myriad Genetics Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Weight Watchers International ( WTW) is down $0.98 (-2.3%) to $41.55 on light volume Thus far, 126,730 shares of Weight Watchers International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 858,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.50-$42.63 after having opened the day at $42.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.53.

Weight Watchers International, Inc. engages in the provision of weight management services primarily in North America, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Weight Watchers International has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 18.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Weight Watchers International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weight Watchers International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full Weight Watchers International Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Total System Services ( TSS) is down $0.18 (-0.8%) to $23.62 on light volume Thus far, 534,469 shares of Total System Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.51-$23.72 after having opened the day at $23.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.80.

Total System Services, Inc. provides electronic payment processing and other services to card-issuing and merchant acquiring institutions. Total System Services has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Total System Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Total System Services 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, reasonable valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Total System Services Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Apollo Group ( APOL) is down $0.40 (-2.4%) to $16.24 on light volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Apollo Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.09-$16.71 after having opened the day at $16.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.64.

Apollo Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides online and on-campus educational programs and services at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels. Apollo Group has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 19.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Apollo Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apollo Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Apollo Group 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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