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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2. As of noon trading, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA) is down $1.44 (-1.4%) to $104.01 on light volume. Thus far, 90,024 shares of Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 876,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $103.82-$105.62 after having opened the day at $104.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $105.45.

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 $6.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 7.3% 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 2 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 solid stock price performance. 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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1. As of noon trading, Paychex ( PAYX) is down $0.22 (-0.6%) to $40.09 on light volume. Thus far, 808,562 shares of Paychex exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.92-$40.38 after having opened the day at $40.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.31.

Paychex, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides payroll, human resource, insurance, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small to medium-sized businesses in the United States and Germany. Paychex has a market cap of $14.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 29.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Paychex a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 19 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Paychex as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. 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 Paychex Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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