5 Stocks Pushing The Diversified Services Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 10 points (-0.1%) at 13,082 as of Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, 1:34 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,351 issues advancing vs. 1,574 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Brink's Company ( BCO), up 9.1%, ExlService Holdings ( EXLS), up 4.7% and Geo Group ( GEO), up 4.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Zillow ( Z), down 4.4%, Cintas Corporation ( CTAS), down 1.4%, Mercadolibre ( MELI), down 1.7%, Paychex ( PAYX), down 0.8% and Fidelity National Information Services ( FIS), down 0.9%.

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

5. Qiagen ( QGEN) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Qiagen is up $0.25 (1.4%) to $17.68 on light volume Thus far, 322,781 shares of Qiagen exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 604,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.34-$17.68 after having opened the day at $17.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.43.

QIAGEN N.V., through its subsidiaries, provides sample and assay technologies worldwide. Qiagen has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 38.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Qiagen a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Qiagen 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Qiagen Ratings Report now.

4. As of noon trading, Lender Processing Services ( LPS) is up $1.07 (4.6%) to $24.33 on average volume Thus far, 741,852 shares of Lender Processing Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 858,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.16-$24.37 after having opened the day at $23.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.26.

Lender Processing Services, Inc. provides integrated technology and outsourced services to the mortgage lending industry in the United States. Lender Processing Services has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 62.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Lender Processing Services a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lender Processing Services as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, growth in earnings per share and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Lender Processing Services Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, HMS Holdings Corporation ( HMSY) is up $0.68 (3.2%) to $22.04 on light volume Thus far, 421,887 shares of HMS Holdings Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.20-$22.17 after having opened the day at $21.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.36.

HMS Holdings Corp. provides cost containment services to government and private healthcare payers and sponsors. The company's services include coordination of benefits and program integrity services. HMS Holdings Corporation has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 31.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate HMS Holdings Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HMS Holdings Corporation as a hold. 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 and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and premium valuation. Get the full HMS Holdings Corporation Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, Jacobs Engineering Group ( JEC) is up $0.72 (1.9%) to $39.49 on light volume Thus far, 520,034 shares of Jacobs Engineering Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 700,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.50-$39.80 after having opened the day at $38.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.77.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. provides technical, professional, and construction services to various industrial, commercial, and governmental clients worldwide. Jacobs Engineering Group has a market cap of $5.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Jacobs Engineering Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Jacobs Engineering Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full Jacobs Engineering Group Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, Western Union Company ( WU) is up $0.23 (1.9%) to $12.18 on average volume Thus far, 8.7 million shares of Western Union Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.10-$12.32 after having opened the day at $12.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.95.

The Western Union Company provides money movement and payment services worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Consumer-to-Consumer and Global Business Payments. Western Union Company has a market cap of $7.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 32.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Western Union Company a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 17 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Western Union Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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 Western Union Company Ratings Report now.

If you are interested in one of these 5 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: 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.

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