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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