5 Stocks Pushing The Diversified Services Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 42 points (0.3%) at 14,338 as of Thursday, March 7, 2013, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,674 issues advancing vs. 1,197 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. A company within the industry that fell today was Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), up 2.4%.

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

5. Alliance Data Systems Corporation ( ADS) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Alliance Data Systems Corporation is down $1.89 (-1.2%) to $157.72 on light volume Thus far, 91,961 shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 521,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $157.55-$159.36 after having opened the day at $159.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $159.61.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation provides loyalty and marketing solutions primarily in North America. The company creates and deploys customized solutions. Alliance Data Systems Corporation has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Alliance Data Systems Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alliance Data Systems Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Alliance Data Systems Corporation Ratings Report now.

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