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5 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Diversified Services Industry

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) trading up 44 points (0.3%) at 15,464 as of Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,183 issues advancing vs. 1,800 declining with 78 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Digital Generation (DGIT), up 26.9%, Portfolio Recovery Associates (PRAA), up 2.2%, VCA Antech (WOOF), up 2.4%, Infoblox (BLOX), up 2.1% and Maximus (MMS), up 1.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Education Management Corporation (EDMC), down 3.5%, Geo Group (GEO), down 2.9%, Amerco (UHAL), down 0.8% and Fidelity National Information Services (FIS), down 0.7%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. KBR (KBR) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, KBR is up $0.26 (0.8%) to $30.81 on light volume. Thus far, 308,998 shares of KBR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.39-$30.92 after having opened the day at $30.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.55.

KBR, Inc. operates as an engineering, construction, and services company worldwide. KBR has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 2.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate KBR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates KBR 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 and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full KBR Ratings Report now.

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