4 Stocks Pushing 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 30 points (-0.2%) at 15,264 as of Friday, May 24, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 947 issues advancing vs. 1,953 declining with 121 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.46. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Computer Sciences Corporation ( CSC), down 1.51, McGraw Hill Financial ( MHP), down 0.96, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), down 1.03 and Paychex ( PAYX), down 0.66.

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

4. AECOM Technology Corporation ( ACM) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, AECOM Technology Corporation is down $0.97 (-3.1%) to $30.06 on light volume Thus far, 275,417 shares of AECOM Technology Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 801,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.03-$30.75 after having opened the day at $30.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.03.

AECOM Technology Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides professional technical and management support services for commercial and government clients worldwide. AECOM Technology Corporation has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 30.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates AECOM Technology Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full AECOM Technology Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Verisk Analytics ( VRSK) is down $0.79 (-1.3%) to $59.20 on average volume Thus far, 340,839 shares of Verisk Analytics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 738,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.15-$59.99 after having opened the day at $59.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.99.

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 30.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share 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 Verisk Analytics Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Fiserv ( FISV) is down $0.90 (-1.0%) to $87.90 on average volume Thus far, 224,785 shares of Fiserv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 591,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $87.59-$88.24 after having opened the day at $88.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.80.

Fiserv, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides financial services technology solutions worldwide. Fiserv has a market cap of $11.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fiserv as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Fiserv Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Mercadolibre ( MELI) is down $2.86 (-2.4%) to $117.06 on light volume Thus far, 197,885 shares of Mercadolibre exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 593,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $116.91-$118.99 after having opened the day at $118.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $119.92.

MercadoLibre, Inc. hosts online commerce platforms in Latin America. Its services are designed to provide users with mechanisms for buying, selling, paying, collecting, generating leads, and comparing listings through e-commerce transactions. Mercadolibre has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 53.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 53.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mercadolibre as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance 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 Mercadolibre 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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