3 Stocks Dragging The 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 115 points (0.7%) at 16,388 as of Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,987 issues advancing vs. 938 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include McGrath RentCorp ( MGRC), down 9.8%, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), down 2.0% and Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), down 1.5%. Top gainers within the industry include SBA Communications ( SBAC), up 1.4%, MasterCard Incorporated ( MA), up 0.9% and Paychex ( PAYX), up 0.8%.

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

3. American Public Education ( APEI) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, American Public Education is down $9.94 (-21.5%) to $36.31 on heavy volume. Thus far, 547,377 shares of American Public Education exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 140,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.95-$39.14 after having opened the day at $39.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.25.

American Public Education, Inc., together with its subsidiary, American Public University System, Inc., provides online higher education focusing on the needs of the military and public service communities. American Public Education has a market cap of $791.7 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 4.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate American Public Education a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Public Education 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, reasonable valuation levels, increase in net income 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 American Public Education Ratings Report now.

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