5 Diversified Services Stocks Dragging The Industry Down

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 52 points (-0.4%) at 14,567 as of Thursday, April 18, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,288 issues advancing vs. 1,600 declining with 135 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits down 0.16 versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.48. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Air Lease ( AL), down 2.94, and Maximus ( MMS), down 2.71.

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

5. Verisk Analytics ( VRSK) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Verisk Analytics is down $0.49 (-0.8%) to $59.18 on light volume Thus far, 152,212 shares of Verisk Analytics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 680,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.09-$59.88 after having opened the day at $59.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.67.

Verisk Analytics, Inc. provides proprietary data, analytics methods, and embedded decision support solutions for detecting fraud in property and casualty (P&C) insurance, financial, and healthcare industries primarily in the United States. Verisk Analytics has a market cap of $10.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Verisk Analytics as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 Verisk Analytics Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT) is down $1.15 (-1.6%) to $72.95 on average volume Thus far, 307,872 shares of Fleetcor Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 787,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.68-$74.30 after having opened the day at $74.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.10.

FleetCor Technologies, Inc. provides fuel cards and workforce payment products and services to businesses, commercial fleets, oil companies, petroleum marketers, and government entities in North America, Latin America, and Europe. Fleetcor Technologies has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 37.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fleetcor Technologies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Fleetcor Technologies Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Tyco International ( TYC) is down $0.25 (-0.8%) to $30.92 on average volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Tyco International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.75-$31.20 after having opened the day at $31.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.17.

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 $14.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 6.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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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2. As of noon trading, Paychex ( PAYX) is down $0.27 (-0.7%) to $35.36 on light volume Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Paychex exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.33-$35.83 after having opened the day at $35.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.63.

Paychex, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides payroll, human resource, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small to medium-sized businesses in the United States and Germany. Paychex has a market cap of $13.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Paychex as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Paychex Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Priceline.com ( PCLN) is down $16.97 (-2.4%) to $691.83 on average volume Thus far, 438,419 shares of Priceline.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 635,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $686.62-$707.36 after having opened the day at $707.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $708.80.

priceline.com Incorporated operates as a online travel company. Priceline.com has a market cap of $35.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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 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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