MCO, SBAC, HTZ, MA And PCLN, Pushing Diversified Services Industry Downward

All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 18 points (0.1%) at 15,482 as of Monday, July 15, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,893 issues advancing vs. 1,042 declining with 108 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Mercadolibre ( MELI), down 3.5%, H&R Block ( HRB), down 1.1%, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), down 1.0%, Verisk Analytics ( VRSK), down 0.9% and Paychex ( PAYX), down 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include RPX ( RPXC), up 6.2%, Zillow ( Z), up 2.9% and AthenaHealth ( ATHN), up 1.6%.

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

5. Moody's Corporation ( MCO) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Moody's Corporation is down $0.45 (-0.7%) to $60.59 on light volume. Thus far, 613,117 shares of Moody's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.39-$61.20 after having opened the day at $61.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.04.

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 $13.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 21.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Moody's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Moody's Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, 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 generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Moody's Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, SBA Communications ( SBAC) is down $0.88 (-1.1%) to $78.04 on average volume. Thus far, 735,703 shares of SBA Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.65-$79.30 after having opened the day at $79.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.92.

SBA Communications Corporation owns and operates wireless communications towers in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, and Brazil. SBA Communications has a market cap of $10.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 9.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate SBA Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SBA Communications as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. Get the full SBA Communications Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ) is down $0.42 (-1.5%) to $27.00 on light volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Hertz Global Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.88-$27.43 after having opened the day at $27.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.42.

Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the car and equipment rental businesses worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Car Rental and Equipment Rental. Hertz Global Holdings has a market cap of $10.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 66.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Hertz Global Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hertz Global Holdings 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, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations 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 Hertz Global Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, MasterCard Incorporated ( MA) is down $3.05 (-0.5%) to $595.81 on average volume. Thus far, 223,558 shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 589,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $594.38-$600.00 after having opened the day at $599.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $598.86.

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 $70.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 22.3% 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, Priceline.com ( PCLN) is down $5.13 (-0.6%) to $915.26 on average volume. Thus far, 305,359 shares of Priceline.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 713,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $913.33-$926.40 after having opened the day at $922.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $920.39.

priceline.com Incorporated operates as a online travel company. Priceline.com has a market cap of $45.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 46.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Priceline.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. 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).

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