WPO, PRAA And MELI, 3 Diversified Services Stocks Pushing The Industry Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 22 points (-0.1%) at 16,065 as of Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,030 issues advancing vs. 1,883 declining with 116 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Myriad Genetics ( MYGN), down 14.4%, Zillow ( Z), down 5.5%, Alliance Data Systems Corporation ( ADS), down 1.4% and Priceline.com ( PCLN), down 0.8%. Top gainers within the industry include AthenaHealth ( ATHN), up 3.2%, Fiserv ( FISV), up 1.1%, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), up 1.0% and Moody's Corporation ( MCO), up 0.9%.

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

3. 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 $31.54 (-4.7%) to $641.96 on light volume. Thus far, 6,073 shares of Washington Post Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 34,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $636.77-$686.50 after having opened the day at $735.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $673.50.

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 $4.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 82.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 84.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. 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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2. As of noon trading, Portfolio Recovery Associates ( PRAA) is down $1.54 (-2.6%) to $56.86 on light volume. Thus far, 111,185 shares of Portfolio Recovery Associates exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 445,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.83-$58.74 after having opened the day at $58.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.40.

Portfolio Recovery Associates, Inc., a financial and business service company, engages in the purchase, collection, and management of portfolios of defaulted consumer receivables in the United States and the United Kingdom. Portfolio Recovery Associates has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 62.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Portfolio Recovery Associates a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Portfolio Recovery Associates 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 expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Portfolio Recovery Associates Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Mercadolibre ( MELI) is down $2.03 (-1.8%) to $108.68 on light volume. Thus far, 191,943 shares of Mercadolibre exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 559,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $108.22-$112.02 after having opened the day at $110.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $110.71.

MercadoLibre, Inc. hosts online commerce platforms in Latin America. Its services are designed to provide users with mechanisms for buying, selling, paying, collecting, generating leads, and comparing listings through e-commerce transactions. Mercadolibre has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 46.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 40.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Mercadolibre a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mercadolibre 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, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Mercadolibre 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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