5 Stocks Pushing The Diversified Services Industry Downward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 14 points (-0.1%) at 15,098 as of Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,393 issues advancing vs. 1,555 declining with 92 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include eLong ( LONG), down 6.0%, and Mercadolibre ( MELI), down 0.7%. Top gainers within the industry include National Technical Systems ( NTSC), up 37.7%, Quad/Graphics ( QUAD), up 4.7%, Zillow ( Z), up 3.6%, URS Corporation ( URS), up 2.3% and Booz Allen Hamilton ( BAH), up 1.9%.

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

5. Washington Post Company ( WPO) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Washington Post Company is down $4.94 (-0.9%) to $570.00 on average volume. Thus far, 16,208 shares of Washington Post Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 30,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $560.02-$573.27 after having opened the day at $567.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $574.94.

The Washington Post Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a diversified education and media company in the United States and internationally. Washington Post Company has a market cap of $3.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 57.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Washington Post Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Washington Post Company 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, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Washington Post Company Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Shutterfly ( SFLY) is down $1.04 (-2.0%) to $51.46 on average volume. Thus far, 278,995 shares of Shutterfly exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 593,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.22-$52.14 after having opened the day at $52.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.50.

Shutterfly, Inc. provides digital personalized photo products and services in the United States. It offers a range of personalized photo-based products and services for consumers to upload, edit, enhance, organize, find, share, create, print, and preserve their memories. Shutterfly has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 82.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Shutterfly a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Shutterfly 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 solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Shutterfly Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company ( RRD) is down $0.26 (-1.5%) to $17.59 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.75-$17.80 after having opened the day at $17.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.85.

R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company provides integrated communication solutions to private and public sectors worldwide. R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 105.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Vantiv ( VNTV) is down $0.26 (-0.9%) to $27.41 on average volume. Thus far, 574,129 shares of Vantiv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.23-$27.67 after having opened the day at $27.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.67.

Vantiv, Inc. provides electronic integrated payment processing services in the United States. It operates in two segments, Merchant Services and Financial Institution Services. Vantiv has a market cap of $4.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 35.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Vantiv a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vantiv as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Vantiv Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Apollo Group ( APOL) is down $0.34 (-1.8%) to $19.21 on light volume. Thus far, 965,502 shares of Apollo Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.14-$19.64 after having opened the day at $19.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.55.

Apollo Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides online and on-campus educational programs and services at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels. Apollo Group has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 5.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Apollo Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apollo Group 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 good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Apollo Group 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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