GA, ATHN And V, Pushing Diversified Services Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 15,424 as of Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,875 issues advancing vs. 1,030 declining with 132 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Robert Half International ( RHI), up 1.9%, Computer Sciences Corporation ( CSC), up 1.4%, Fidelity National Information Services ( FIS), up 1.0% and Moody's Corporation ( MCO), up 0.7%.

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

3. Giant Interactive Group ( GA) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Giant Interactive Group is down $0.33 (-3.5%) to $8.97 on average volume. Thus far, 717,015 shares of Giant Interactive Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 995,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $8.92-$9.31 after having opened the day at $9.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.30.

Giant Interactive Group Inc. develops and operates online games in the People's Republic of China. It primarily offers multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPGs). The company operates 13 games, including 10 MMORPGs, 1 casual massively multiplayer online game, and 2 strategy Web games. Giant Interactive Group has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 70.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Giant Interactive Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Giant Interactive Group 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, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and attractive valuation levels. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Giant Interactive Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, AthenaHealth ( ATHN) is down $5.54 (-4.9%) to $108.23 on heavy volume. Thus far, 465,644 shares of AthenaHealth exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 463,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $107.42-$111.56 after having opened the day at $110.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $113.77.

athenahealth, Inc., a business services company, provides ongoing billing, clinical-related, and other related services to medical group practices primarily in the United States. The company provides services through the athenaNet, a proprietary Internet-based practice management application. AthenaHealth has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 54.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate AthenaHealth a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AthenaHealth as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and premium valuation. Get the full AthenaHealth Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Visa ( V) is down $1.94 (-1.0%) to $194.30 on average volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $192.62-$196.80 after having opened the day at $196.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $196.24.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, engages in the operation of retail electronic payments network worldwide. It facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. Visa has a market cap of $102.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 31.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. 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 Visa 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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