HMSY, AL And FLT, 3 Diversified Services Stocks Pushing The Industry Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 40 points (0.2%) at 17,108 as of Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,478 issues advancing vs. 1,497 declining with 182 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include AerCap Holdings ( AER), down 3.6%, Zillow ( Z), down 2.6%, Priceline Group ( PCLN), down 1.0% and Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), down 0.6%. A company within the industry that increased today was McGraw Hill Financial ( MHFI), up 0.8%.

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

3. HMS Holdings ( HMSY) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, HMS Holdings is down $1.64 (-7.2%) to $20.97 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of HMS Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 913,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.71-$22.59 after having opened the day at $22.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.61.

HMS Holdings Corp. provides cost containment services to government and private healthcare payers and sponsors. The company's services include co-ordination of benefits and program integrity services. HMS Holdings has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 0.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate HMS Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HMS Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, deteriorating net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full HMS Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Air Lease ( AL) is down $0.71 (-1.8%) to $38.17 on average volume. Thus far, 605,735 shares of Air Lease exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 885,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.93-$38.99 after having opened the day at $38.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.88.

Air Lease Corporation is engaged in the purchase and leasing of commercial jet transport aircraft to airlines worldwide. The company also sells aircraft from its operating lease portfolio to third parties, including other leasing companies, financial services companies, and airlines. Air Lease has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 25.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Air Lease a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Air Lease as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. Get the full Air Lease Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT) is down $1.20 (-0.8%) to $142.98 on light volume. Thus far, 163,604 shares of Fleetcor Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 611,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $142.29-$144.85 after having opened the day at $143.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $144.18.

FleetCor Technologies, Inc. provides fuel cards and workforce payment products and services in North America, Latin America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Fleetcor Technologies has a market cap of $12.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 23.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Fleetcor Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fleetcor Technologies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Fleetcor Technologies 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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