5 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Diversified Services Industry

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 40 points (-0.3%) at 14,679 as of Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,751 issues advancing vs. 1,159 declining with 143 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits down 0.42 versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include ManpowerGroup ( MAN), down 3.41, Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), down 1.32 and SBA Communications ( SBAC), down 1.16. A company within the industry that increased today was Mercadolibre ( MELI), up 1.62.

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

5. DeVry ( DV) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, DeVry is down $7.18 (-21.1%) to $26.85 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.5 million shares of DeVry exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 861,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.70-$28.50 after having opened the day at $28.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.03.

DeVry Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides educational services worldwide. DeVry has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 43.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates DeVry as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full DeVry Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Total System Services ( TSS) is down $1.04 (-4.3%) to $23.20 on heavy volume Thus far, 3.3 million shares of Total System Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.66-$23.63 after having opened the day at $23.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.24.

Total System Services, Inc. provides payment processing and other services to card-issuing and merchant acquiring institutions in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: North America Services, International Services, and Merchant Services. Total System Services has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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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3. As of noon trading, Robert Half International ( RHI) is down $4.10 (-11.2%) to $32.61 on heavy volume Thus far, 3.5 million shares of Robert Half International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.57-$34.78 after having opened the day at $34.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.71.

Robert Half International Inc. provides staffing and risk consulting services in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Robert Half International has a market cap of $5.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Robert Half International 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Robert Half International Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Apollo Group ( APOL) is down $0.73 (-4.1%) to $16.89 on average volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Apollo Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.89-$17.56 after having opened the day at $17.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.62.

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 6.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 17.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apollo Group as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Apollo Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Moody's Corporation ( MCO) is down $0.69 (-1.2%) to $54.38 on light volume Thus far, 641,923 shares of Moody's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.31-$55.56 after having opened the day at $55.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.07.

Moody's Corporation provides credit ratings; and credit, capital markets, and economic related research, data, and analytical tools worldwide. Moody's Corporation has a market cap of $12.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Moody's Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. 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 Moody's Corporation Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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