3 Diversified Services Stocks Dragging The Industry Down

All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 63 points (0.4%) at 15,199 as of Monday, July 8, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,878 issues advancing vs. 1,083 declining with 93 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.0%.

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

3. Portfolio Recovery Associates ( PRAA) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Portfolio Recovery Associates is down $9.28 (-5.8%) to $149.65 on heavy volume. Thus far, 134,051 shares of Portfolio Recovery Associates exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 81,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $148.00-$152.75 after having opened the day at $151.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $158.93.

Portfolio Recovery Associates, Inc., a financial and business service company, engages in the purchase, collection, and management of portfolios of defaulted consumer receivables in the United States and the United Kingdom. Portfolio Recovery Associates has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 48.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Portfolio Recovery Associates a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Portfolio Recovery Associates 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, 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 is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Portfolio Recovery Associates Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, MasterCard Incorporated ( MA) is down $4.06 (-0.7%) to $590.97 on average volume. Thus far, 268,780 shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 591,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $590.84-$602.74 after having opened the day at $597.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $595.03.

MasterCard Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, provides transaction processing and other payment-related services in the United States and internationally. MasterCard Incorporated has a market cap of $68.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 21.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 20 analysts that rate MasterCard Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MasterCard Incorporated as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, 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 MasterCard Incorporated Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Visa ( V) is down $1.83 (-1.0%) to $188.96 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $188.75-$192.77 after having opened the day at $191.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $190.79.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, engages in the operation of retail electronic payments network worldwide. It facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. Visa has a market cap of $96.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 25.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Visa 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).
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