3 Stocks Dragging The Diversified Services Industry Downward

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 17 points (-0.1%) at 16,759 as of Monday, June 16, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,419 issues advancing vs. 1,541 declining with 179 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include SBA Communications ( SBAC), down 1.1%, and McGraw Hill Financial ( MHFI), down 1.0%. Top gainers within the industry include Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), up 7.0%, FTI Consulting ( FCN), up 6.7%, Myriad Genetics ( MYGN), up 5.0% and H&R Block ( HRB), up 1.9%.

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

3. Moody's Corporation ( MCO) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Moody's Corporation is down $0.51 (-0.6%) to $85.25 on light volume. Thus far, 204,103 shares of Moody's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.48-$85.81 after having opened the day at $84.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.76.

Moody's Corporation provides credit ratings; and credit, capital markets, and economic related research, data, and analytical tools worldwide. Moody's Corporation has a market cap of $18.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 9.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Moody's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Moody's Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 Moody's Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, MasterCard ( MA) is down $0.82 (-1.1%) to $75.12 on average volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of MasterCard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.92-$75.78 after having opened the day at $75.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.94.

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 $86.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 9.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate MasterCard a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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, Visa ( V) is down $1.10 (-0.5%) to $210.20 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $209.97-$210.99 after having opened the day at $210.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $211.29.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, operates as a retail electronic payments network worldwide. The company facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. Visa has a market cap of $106.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 5.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa 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, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. 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 Visa 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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