MHFI, ULTA And PCLN, 3 Diversified Services Stocks Pushing The Industry Lower

All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 4 points (0.0%) at 16,773 as of Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,538 issues advancing vs. 1,434 declining with 163 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include AMN Healthcare Services ( AHS), down 8.4%, AthenaHealth ( ATHN), down 5.1%, Team Health Holdings ( TMH), down 4.6%, Qiagen ( QGEN), down 3.4% and Mercadolibre ( MELI), down 3.0%.

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

3. McGraw Hill Financial ( MHFI) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, McGraw Hill Financial is down $1.92 (-2.1%) to $88.47 on light volume. Thus far, 377,177 shares of McGraw Hill Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.43-$90.21 after having opened the day at $89.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.39.

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McGraw Hill Financial, Inc. provides benchmarks and ratings, analytics, data, and research services for the capital, commodities, and commercial markets worldwide. McGraw Hill Financial has a market cap of $24.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 1.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate McGraw Hill Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McGraw Hill Financial as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full McGraw Hill Financial Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA) is down $2.41 (-1.4%) to $165.63 on average volume. Thus far, 416,065 shares of Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 919,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $165.34-$167.96 after having opened the day at $167.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $168.04.

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Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer in the United States. The company's stores provide cosmetics, fragrance, haircare, skincare, bath and body products, and salon styling tools. Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances has a market cap of $10.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.6. Shares are up 29.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Priceline Group ( PCLN) is down $9.51 (-0.8%) to $1,265.35 on light volume. Thus far, 215,390 shares of Priceline Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 658,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $1,264.52-$1,286.21 after having opened the day at $1,271.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1,274.86.

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The Priceline Group Inc. provides online travel and travel related reservation and search services. Priceline Group has a market cap of $64.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.6. Shares are up 11.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Priceline Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Priceline Group 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. 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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