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4 Stocks Pushing The Diversified Services Industry Higher

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model

Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 19 points (-0.1%) at 13,006 as of Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,239 issues advancing vs. 1,655 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the industry that increased today was Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Global Payments ( GPN), down 1.3%, Genpact ( G), down 1.5% and Tyco International ( TYC), down 1.2%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. Geo Group ( GEO) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Geo Group is up $0.95 (3.4%) to $29.15 on heavy volume Thus far, 517,069 shares of Geo Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 380,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.68-$29.54 after having opened the day at $29.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.20.

The GEO Group, Inc. provides government-outsourced services specializing in the management of correctional, detention, mental health, residential treatment, and re-entry facilities in the United States, Australia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Geo Group has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 68.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Geo Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Geo Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Geo Group Ratings Report now.

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