4 Stocks Dragging The Diversified Services Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 15 points (0.1%) at 15,467 as of Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,986 issues advancing vs. 913 declining with 127 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. A company within the industry that fell today was Western Union Company ( WU), up 0.6%. Top gainers within the industry include Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), up 2.5%, Mercadolibre ( MELI), up 2.3%, Moody's Corporation ( MCO), up 1.5% and Priceline.com ( PCLN), up 0.8%.

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

4. DeVry ( DV) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, DeVry is down $0.84 (-2.6%) to $31.83 on average volume. Thus far, 232,330 shares of DeVry exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 598,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.80-$32.69 after having opened the day at $32.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.67.

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. Shares are up 40.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate DeVry a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

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

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3. As of noon trading, Rent-A-Center ( RCII) is down $0.96 (-2.4%) to $39.42 on average volume. Thus far, 358,231 shares of Rent-A-Center exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 557,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.30-$40.35 after having opened the day at $40.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.38.

Rent-A-Center, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, leases household durable goods to customers on a rent-to-own basis. It operates in four segments: Core U.S., RAC Acceptance, International, and ColorTyme. Rent-A-Center has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 17.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Rent-A-Center a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rent-A-Center as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Rent-A-Center Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU) is down $0.70 (-2.9%) to $23.28 on light volume. Thus far, 529,775 shares of New Oriental Education & Technology Group I exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.25-$23.95 after having opened the day at $23.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.99.

New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. provides private educational services primarily in China. New Oriental Education & Technology Group I has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 23.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate New Oriental Education & Technology Group I a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates New Oriental Education & Technology Group I as a hold. 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 and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including premium valuation and disappointing return on equity. Get the full New Oriental Education & Technology Group I Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA) is down $1.24 (-1.2%) to $97.70 on light volume. Thus far, 237,336 shares of Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 954,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $97.29-$99.04 after having opened the day at $98.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $98.94.

Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. operates specialty retail stores in the United States. Its stores offer cosmetics, fragrance, haircare, and skincare products, as well as related accessories and services. Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances has a market cap of $6.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 1.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances 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, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. 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 Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances 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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