3 Stocks Dragging The Diversified Services Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 59 points (-0.4%) at 16,657 as of Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,380 issues advancing vs. 1,556 declining with 176 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include URS ( URS), down 7.4%, Portfolio Recovery Associates ( PRAA), down 2.8%, Amerco ( UHAL), down 2.7%, KBR ( KBR), down 2.4% and Jacobs Engineering Group ( JEC), down 1.4%. Top gainers within the industry include Myriad Genetics ( MYGN), up 4.4%, YY ( YY), up 4.3%, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), up 2.5% and SBA Communications ( SBAC), up 1.2%.

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

3. Western Union ( WU) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Western Union is down $0.28 (-1.7%) to $16.10 on light volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Western Union exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.07-$16.42 after having opened the day at $16.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.38.

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 has a market cap of $8.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 5.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Western Union a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Western Union as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. 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 Western Union Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, MasterCard ( MA) is down $0.54 (-0.7%) to $74.29 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of MasterCard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.03-$75.02 after having opened the day at $74.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.83.

MasterCard Incorporated provides transaction processing and other payment-related services in the United States and internationally. It facilitates the processing of payment transactions, including authorization, clearing, and settlement, as well as delivers related products and services. MasterCard has a market cap of $84.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 10.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate MasterCard a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MasterCard 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full MasterCard Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Priceline Group ( PCLN) is down $5.85 (-0.5%) to $1,154.06 on light volume. Thus far, 299,728 shares of Priceline Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $1,150.35-$1,166.52 after having opened the day at $1,158.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1,159.91.

The Priceline Group Inc. operates as an online travel company. Priceline Group has a market cap of $61.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 0.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Priceline Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Priceline 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Priceline Group 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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