3 Stocks Pulling The Diversified Services Industry Downward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 8 points (0.0%) at 17,140 as of Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,738 issues advancing vs. 1,242 declining with 174 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 MasterCard ( MA), down 1.2%, and Visa ( V), down 0.9%.

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

3. Thomson Reuters ( TRI) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Thomson Reuters is down $0.30 (-0.8%) to $37.22 on light volume. Thus far, 195,612 shares of Thomson Reuters exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 675,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.18-$37.54 after having opened the day at $37.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.52.

Thomson Reuters Corporation provides intelligent information for businesses and professionals worldwide. The company sells electronic content and services to professionals, primarily on a subscription basis. Thomson Reuters has a market cap of $30.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 0.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Thomson Reuters a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Thomson Reuters 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, growth in earnings per share and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Thomson Reuters Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Alliance Data Systems ( ADS) is down $3.90 (-1.6%) to $246.38 on light volume. Thus far, 156,099 shares of Alliance Data Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 563,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $246.38-$252.21 after having opened the day at $251.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $250.27.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation provides marketing and loyalty solutions in the United States, Canada, and other countries. Alliance Data Systems has a market cap of $13.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 4.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Alliance Data Systems a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alliance Data Systems 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, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. 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 Alliance Data Systems Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ) is down $0.26 (-0.9%) to $27.34 on average volume. Thus far, 4.4 million shares of Hertz Global Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.21-$28.08 after having opened the day at $27.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.60.

Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the car and equipment rental businesses worldwide. It operates through four segments: U.S. Car Rental, International Car Rental, Worldwide Equipment Rental, and All Other Operations. Hertz Global Holdings has a market cap of $12.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Hertz Global Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hertz Global Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins 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 Hertz Global Holdings 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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