5 Stocks Pulling 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 72 points (-0.5%) at 15,564 as of Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, 12:54 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 854 issues advancing vs. 2,087 declining with 92 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Aaron's ( AAN), down 2.5%, Avis Budget Group ( CAR), down 1.9%, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), down 1.7%, SAIC ( SAI), down 1.8% and Corrections Corporation of America ( CXW), down 1.5%. A company within the industry that increased today was Education Management Corporation ( EDMC), up 3.1%.

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

5. H&R Block ( HRB) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, H&R Block is down $0.45 (-1.6%) to $27.42 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of H&R Block exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.25-$27.94 after having opened the day at $27.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.87.

H&R Block, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides tax preparation and related services to the general public in the United States, Canada, and Australia. H&R Block has a market cap of $7.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 50.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate H&R Block a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates H&R Block as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full H&R Block Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT) is down $1.39 (-1.3%) to $109.34 on light volume. Thus far, 143,299 shares of Fleetcor Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 635,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $109.17-$111.64 after having opened the day at $111.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $110.73.

FleetCor Technologies, Inc. provides fuel cards and workforce payment products and services to businesses, commercial fleets, oil companies, petroleum marketers, and government entities in North America, Latin America, and Europe. Fleetcor Technologies has a market cap of $9.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 104.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Fleetcor Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fleetcor Technologies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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 Fleetcor Technologies Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Moody's Corporation ( MCO) is down $0.56 (-0.8%) to $70.93 on average volume. Thus far, 486,928 shares of Moody's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.88-$71.72 after having opened the day at $71.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.49.

Moody's Corporation provides credit ratings; and credit, capital markets, and economic related research, data, and analytical tools worldwide. Moody's Corporation has a market cap of $15.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 39.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Moody's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Moody's Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels 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 Moody's Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA) is down $1.23 (-1.0%) to $117.52 on average volume. Thus far, 319,660 shares of Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 768,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $117.40-$119.82 after having opened the day at $119.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $118.75.

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 $7.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 19.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. 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, Zillow ( Z) is down $8.34 (-8.5%) to $89.93 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Zillow exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.52-$99.03 after having opened the day at $98.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $98.27.

Zillow, Inc. engages in the operation of a real estate and home-related information marketplace on mobile and the Web in the United States. Zillow has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 258.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Zillow a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Zillow 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 deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Zillow 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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