5 Stocks Dragging The Diversified Services Industry Downward

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 0 points (0.0%) at 15,915 as of Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,252 issues advancing vs. 1,627 declining with 137 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Qiagen ( QGEN), down 1.2%, McGraw Hill Financial ( MHFI), down 0.8% and MasterCard Incorporated ( MA), down 0.8%.

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

5. Total System Services ( TSS) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Total System Services is down $0.58 (-1.9%) to $30.74 on average volume. Thus far, 598,270 shares of Total System Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.74-$31.18 after having opened the day at $31.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.32.

Total System Services, Inc. provides payment processing and other services to card-issuing and merchant acquiring institutions in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: North America Services, International Services, and Merchant Services. Total System Services has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 46.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Total System Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Total System Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, 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 somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Total System Services Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Moody's Corporation ( MCO) is down $0.62 (-0.8%) to $73.17 on light volume. Thus far, 341,683 shares of Moody's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 913,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.61-$73.87 after having opened the day at $73.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.79.

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 $16.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 48.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, 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 Moody's Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA) is down $2.25 (-1.8%) to $122.76 on average volume. Thus far, 453,234 shares of Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 680,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $122.55-$124.99 after having opened the day at $123.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $125.01.

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 $8.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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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2. As of noon trading, Tyco International ( TYC) is down $0.24 (-0.6%) to $37.62 on average volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Tyco International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.44-$37.97 after having opened the day at $37.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.86.

Tyco International Ltd. provides security, fire detection, suppression, and life safety products and services worldwide. Tyco International has a market cap of $17.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 33.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Tyco International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tyco International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall. Get the full Tyco International Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Western Union Company ( WU) is down $0.12 (-0.7%) to $16.75 on light volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Western Union Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.60-$16.92 after having opened the day at $16.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.87.

The Western Union Company provides money movement and payment services worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Consumer-to-Consumer, Consumer-to-Business, and Business Solutions. The Consumer-to-Consumer segment offers cash money transfer services involving walk-in agent locations. Western Union Company has a market cap of $9.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Western Union Company a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Western Union Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Western Union Company 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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