5 Stocks Pushing 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 53 points (-0.3%) at 16,478 as of Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,242 issues advancing vs. 1,672 declining with 178 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Graham Holdings ( GHC), down 1.1%, and Paychex ( PAYX), down 0.7%. Top gainers within the industry include Team ( TISI), up 10.9%, DeVry Education Group ( DV), up 5.1%, TAL Education Group ( XRS), up 5.1%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), up 4.0% and 51job ( JOBS), up 2.6%.

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

5. TAL International Group ( TAL) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, TAL International Group is down $1.80 (-3.4%) to $51.29 on heavy volume. Thus far, 565,788 shares of TAL International Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 402,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.03-$53.00 after having opened the day at $52.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.09.

TAL International Group, Inc. engages in leasing intermodal containers and chassis worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Equipment Leasing and Equipment Trading. TAL International Group has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate TAL International Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TAL International Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. 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 TAL International Group Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, CoStar Group ( CSGP) is down $2.09 (-1.1%) to $180.36 on light volume. Thus far, 41,510 shares of CoStar Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 121,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $179.00-$182.30 after having opened the day at $181.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $182.45.

CoStar Group, Inc. provides information, analytics, and marketing services to the commercial real estate industry in the United States, the United Kingdom, and France. CoStar Group has a market cap of $5.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 233.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate CoStar Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CoStar 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, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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 CoStar Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Verisk Analytics ( VRSK) is down $0.64 (-1.0%) to $62.97 on heavy volume. Thus far, 821,960 shares of Verisk Analytics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 787,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.76-$63.56 after having opened the day at $63.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.61.

Verisk Analytics, Inc. provides proprietary data, analytics methods, and embedded decision support solutions for detecting fraud in property and casualty (P&C) insurance, financial, and healthcare industries primarily in the United States. Verisk Analytics has a market cap of $10.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Verisk Analytics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Verisk Analytics as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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 Verisk Analytics Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Moody's Corporation ( MCO) is down $0.74 (-0.9%) to $77.15 on average volume. Thus far, 378,634 shares of Moody's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 855,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.90-$78.04 after having opened the day at $77.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.89.

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 $16.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Moody's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 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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1. As of noon trading, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA) is down $0.93 (-1.0%) to $93.53 on light volume. Thus far, 162,178 shares of Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $92.96-$94.32 after having opened the day at $94.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.46.

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 $6.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.1% 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 3 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances 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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