3 Stocks Dragging In The Diversified Services Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 16 points (0.1%) at 16,549 as of Thursday, May 22, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,112 issues advancing vs. 834 declining with 184 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include ITT Educational Services ( ESI), down 22.4%, Grand Canyon Education ( LOPE), down 2.5% and TAL Education Group ( XRS), down 2.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Brady ( BRC), up 9.0%, Zillow ( Z), up 5.1%, 51job ( JOBS), up 4.8%, Booz Allen Hamilton ( BAH), up 3.6% and Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), up 3.3%.

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

3. Apollo Education Group ( APOL) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Apollo Education Group is down $2.56 (-8.5%) to $27.57 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.4 million shares of Apollo Education Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.29-$30.19 after having opened the day at $30.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.12.

Apollo Education Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides online and on-campus educational programs and services at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels. Apollo Education Group has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 10.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Apollo Education Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apollo Education Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall. Get the full Apollo Education Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Jacobs Engineering Group ( JEC) is down $0.33 (-0.6%) to $52.72 on heavy volume. Thus far, 891,840 shares of Jacobs Engineering Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.71-$53.21 after having opened the day at $53.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.05.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. provides technical, professional, and construction services to various industrial, commercial, and governmental clients worldwide. Jacobs Engineering Group has a market cap of $7.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 15.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Jacobs Engineering Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Jacobs Engineering Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Jacobs Engineering Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Myriad Genetics ( MYGN) is down $1.17 (-3.3%) to $33.85 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Myriad Genetics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.77-$35.30 after having opened the day at $34.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.02.

Myriad Genetics, Inc., a molecular diagnostic company, focuses on the development and marketing of predictive medicine, personalized medicine, and prognostic medicine tests primarily in the United States. Myriad Genetics has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 66.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Myriad Genetics a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Myriad Genetics 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, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Myriad Genetics 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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