3 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 29 points (-0.2%) at 16,367 as of Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,229 issues advancing vs. 1,681 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Verisk Analytics ( VRSK), down 1.3%, Fidelity National Information Services ( FIS), down 1.2%, Fiserv ( FISV), down 1.1%, Paychex ( PAYX), down 1.0% and Visa ( V), down 1.0%.

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

3. AthenaHealth ( ATHN) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, AthenaHealth is down $9.56 (-4.7%) to $194.85 on light volume. Thus far, 214,904 shares of AthenaHealth exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 685,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $194.35-$203.56 after having opened the day at $202.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $204.41.

athenahealth, Inc., a business services company, provides ongoing billing, clinical-related, and other related services to medical group practices primarily in the United States. The company provides services through the athenaNet, a proprietary Internet-based practice management application. AthenaHealth has a market cap of $7.3 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 45.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate AthenaHealth a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AthenaHealth as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and premium valuation. Get the full AthenaHealth Ratings Report now.

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