4 Stocks Pushing The Diversified Services Industry Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 19 points (0.1%) at 14,273 as of Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,527 issues advancing vs. 1,351 declining with 133 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Qiagen ( QGEN), down 1.4%, and Fiserv ( FISV), down 0.6%. Top gainers within the industry include China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 11.1%, Ryder System ( R), up 1.5%, Amerco ( UHAL), up 1.4%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), up 1.3% and Moody's Corporation ( MCO), up 1.2%.

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

4. Giant Interactive Group ( GA) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Giant Interactive Group is down $0.18 (-2.8%) to $6.30 on average volume Thus far, 377,059 shares of Giant Interactive Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 932,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $6.27-$6.50 after having opened the day at $6.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.48.

Giant Interactive Group Inc. develops and operates online games in the People's Republic of China. It primarily offers multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPGs). The company operates 11 games, including 9 MMORPGs, 1 casual massively multiplayer online game, and 1 strategy browser game. Giant Interactive Group has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Giant Interactive Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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

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3. As of noon trading, Heartland Payment Systems ( HPY) is down $1.22 (-3.9%) to $30.17 on heavy volume Thus far, 845,144 shares of Heartland Payment Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 449,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.93-$31.40 after having opened the day at $31.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.39.

Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. provides bankcard payment processing services in the United States and Canada. Heartland Payment Systems has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Heartland Payment Systems a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Heartland Payment Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, 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 low profit margins. Get the full Heartland Payment Systems Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Global Payments ( GPN) is down $0.50 (-1.0%) to $47.86 on light volume Thus far, 235,840 shares of Global Payments exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 721,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.80-$48.64 after having opened the day at $48.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.37.

Global Payments Inc. Global Payments has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Global Payments a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Global Payments 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, attractive valuation levels, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Global Payments Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Avis Budget Group ( CAR) is down $0.41 (-1.6%) to $25.04 on average volume Thus far, 928,087 shares of Avis Budget Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.80-$25.85 after having opened the day at $25.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.45.

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 $2.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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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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