3 Diversified Services Stocks Dragging The Industry Down

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 54 points (0.3%) at 16,185 as of Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,812 issues advancing vs. 1,117 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Zillow ( Z), down 2.2%, CoStar Group ( CSGP), down 1.1% and Priceline.com ( PCLN), down 0.8%. Top gainers within the industry include URS Corporation ( URS), up 3.2%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), up 1.8%, KBR ( KBR), up 1.5%, Avis Budget Group ( CAR), up 1.4% and H&R Block ( HRB), up 1.4%.

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

3. Vantiv ( VNTV) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Vantiv is down $0.51 (-1.6%) to $30.51 on light volume. Thus far, 392,693 shares of Vantiv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.42-$31.14 after having opened the day at $30.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.02.

serves SMB market. reecntly invested in a PaaS preocseeing technology play. Vantiv has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Vantiv a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vantiv as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. Get the full Vantiv Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, ManpowerGroup ( MAN) is down $0.75 (-1.0%) to $77.00 on light volume. Thus far, 247,669 shares of ManpowerGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 712,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.56-$77.47 after having opened the day at $77.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.75.

ManpowerGroup Inc. provides workforce solutions and services. ManpowerGroup has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 9.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate ManpowerGroup a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ManpowerGroup as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full ManpowerGroup Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Mercadolibre ( MELI) is down $1.18 (-1.3%) to $92.37 on average volume. Thus far, 318,276 shares of Mercadolibre exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 743,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $91.95-$94.54 after having opened the day at $93.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.55.

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 $4.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 13.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Mercadolibre a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 2 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 increase in stock price during the past year. 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 3 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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