3 Stocks Dragging 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 84 points (-0.5%) at 15,367 as of Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,073 issues advancing vs. 1,847 declining with 114 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Myriad Genetics ( MYGN), down 6.2%, Moody's Corporation ( MCO), down 4.3%, Mercadolibre ( MELI), down 2.4%, Western Union Company ( WU), down 1.7% and Tyco International ( TYC), down 1.3%.

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

3. Verisk Analytics ( VRSK) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Verisk Analytics is down $0.47 (-0.8%) to $62.58 on light volume. Thus far, 144,856 shares of Verisk Analytics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 703,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.35-$63.06 after having opened the day at $62.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.05.

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 $10.6 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 8 analysts that rate Verisk Analytics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Verisk Analytics as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, 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 Verisk Analytics Ratings Report now.

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