3 Stocks Dragging In The Diversified Services Industry

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 10 points (-0.1%) at 16,415 as of Thursday, April 17, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,581 issues advancing vs. 1,369 declining with 186 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include Euronet Worldwide ( EEFT), up 4.7%, Avis Budget Group ( CAR), up 2.0%, ManpowerGroup ( MAN), up 1.7%, Moody's Corporation ( MCO), up 1.6% and SBA Communications ( SBAC), up 1.6%.

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

3. Western Union Company ( WU) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Western Union Company is down $0.67 (-4.2%) to $15.38 on heavy volume. Thus far, 11.9 million shares of Western Union Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.60-$15.52 after having opened the day at $14.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.05.

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 $8.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 7.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Western Union Company a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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 increase in stock price during the past year, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Western Union Company Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA) is down $3.24 (-3.6%) to $86.98 on average volume. Thus far, 838,822 shares of Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $86.57-$90.77 after having opened the day at $90.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.22.

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 $5.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 6.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 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 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. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Alliance Data Systems Corporation ( ADS) is down $13.18 (-5.0%) to $250.89 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 913,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $245.73-$257.73 after having opened the day at $248.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $264.07.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation provides marketing and loyalty solutions in the United States, Canada, and other countries. Alliance Data Systems Corporation has a market cap of $13.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 0.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Alliance Data Systems Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alliance Data Systems Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Alliance Data Systems Corporation 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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