All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 57 points (-0.3%) at 17,673 as of Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,034 issues advancing vs. 1,899 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. A company within the industry that increased today was

Priceline Group

(

PCLN

), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

Abengoa

(

ABGB

), down 19.9%,

Nielsen Holdings

(

NLSN

), down 1.4%,

Global Payments

(

GPN

), down 0.9%,

SBA Communications

(

SBAC

), down 0.8% and

Fiserv

(

FISV

), down 0.6%.

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

3.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

(

HMHC

) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is up $0.76 (4.0%) to $19.89 on average volume. Thus far, 639,867 shares of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.17-$19.94 after having opened the day at $19.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.13.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company provides education solutions for educational institutions and consumers worldwide. It delivers content, technology, and services to approximately 50 million students. The company operates in two segments, Education and Trade Publishing. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 7.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Houghton Mifflin Harcourt a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

as a

hold

TheStreet Recommends

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Ratings Report

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2. As of noon trading,

TAL Education Group

(

XRS

) is up $1.09 (2.5%) to $45.62 on average volume. Thus far, 371,160 shares of TAL Education Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 619,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.32-$45.87 after having opened the day at $44.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.53.

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TAL Education Group, through its subsidiaries, provides K-12 after-school tutoring services in the People's Republic of China. TAL Education Group has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 58.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate TAL Education Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

TAL Education Group

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, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full

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1. As of noon trading,

H&R Block

(

HRB

) is up $0.52 (1.4%) to $37.25 on light volume. Thus far, 830,042 shares of H&R Block exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.63-$37.35 after having opened the day at $36.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.73.

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H&R Block, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides tax preparation, banking, and other services to the general public primarily in the United States, Canada, and Australia. H&R Block has a market cap of $10.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 9.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate H&R Block a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

H&R Block

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full

H&R Block 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

).