3 Stocks Pulling The Diversified Services Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 46 points (-0.3%) at 14,513 as of Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,149 issues advancing vs. 1,749 declining with 144 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), down 1.1%, and Tyco International ( TYC), down 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include Net 1 Ueps Technologies ( UEPS), up 24.2%, Visa ( V), up 0.6% and MasterCard Incorporated ( MA), up 0.6%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. Ryder System ( R) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Ryder System is down $0.78 (-1.3%) to $59.42 on light volume Thus far, 112,645 shares of Ryder System exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 543,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.82-$59.70 after having opened the day at $59.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.19.

Ryder System, Inc. provides transportation and supply chain management solutions. It operates in two segments, Fleet Management Solutions (FMS) and Supply Chain Solutions (SCS). Ryder System has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Ryder System a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ryder System 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, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. 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 Ryder System Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Apollo Group ( APOL) is down $0.60 (-3.4%) to $17.16 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Apollo Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.89-$17.45 after having opened the day at $17.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.76.

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 $2.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 15.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Apollo Group a buy, no analysts rate 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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1. As of noon trading, Priceline.com ( PCLN) is down $3.09 (-0.4%) to $691.50 on average volume Thus far, 263,417 shares of Priceline.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 630,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $682.50-$692.33 after having opened the day at $687.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $694.59.

priceline.com Incorporated operates as a online travel company. Priceline.com has a market cap of $34.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Priceline.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Priceline.com as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Priceline.com Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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