5 Stocks Pushing The Diversified Services Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 27 points (-0.2%) at 12,904 as of Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,218 issues advancing vs. 1,656 declining with 135 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include TeleTech Holdings ( TTEC), up 5.5%, Amerco ( UHAL), up 4.2%, Financial Engines ( FNGN), up 2.5% and SBA Communications ( SBAC), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include American Public Education ( APEI), down 8.6%, Lender Processing Services ( LPS), down 4.5%, Team Health Holdings ( TMH), down 3.3%, United Rentals ( URI), down 2.6% and URS Corporation ( URS), down 2.8%.

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

5. FTI Consulting ( FCN) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, FTI Consulting is up $0.57 (2.2%) to $27.01 on average volume Thus far, 210,010 shares of FTI Consulting exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 389,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.83-$27.15 after having opened the day at $26.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.44.

FTI Consulting, Inc. operates as a business advisory company worldwide. The company operates in five segments; Corporate Finance/Restructuring, Forensic and Litigation Consulting, Economic Consulting, Technology, and Strategic Communications. FTI Consulting has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 37.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate FTI Consulting a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates FTI Consulting 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, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full FTI Consulting Ratings Report now.

4. As of noon trading, Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT) is up $0.80 (1.7%) to $47.02 on average volume Thus far, 147,233 shares of Fleetcor Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 373,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.05-$47.18 after having opened the day at $46.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.22.

FleetCor Technologies, Inc. provides specialized payment products and services to businesses, commercial fleets, oil companies, petroleum marketers, and government entities in North America, Europe, South Africa, and Asia. Fleetcor Technologies has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 54.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Fleetcor Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fleetcor Technologies 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 solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full Fleetcor Technologies Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, AthenaHealth ( ATHN) is up $1.18 (2.0%) to $61.43 on average volume Thus far, 293,669 shares of AthenaHealth exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 485,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.60-$61.53 after having opened the day at $60.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.25.

athenahealth, Inc., a business services company, provides ongoing billing, clinical-related, and other related services to medical group practices primarily in the United States. The company provides services through the athenaNet, a proprietary Internet-based practice management application. AthenaHealth has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 123.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate AthenaHealth a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AthenaHealth 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 growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, premium valuation and weak operating cash flow. Get the full AthenaHealth Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, Weight Watchers International ( WTW) is up $0.49 (0.9%) to $54.74 on light volume Thus far, 226,958 shares of Weight Watchers International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 771,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.87-$55.26 after having opened the day at $54.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.25.

Weight Watchers International, Inc. engages in the provision of weight management services primarily in North America, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Weight Watchers International has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Weight Watchers International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weight Watchers International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Weight Watchers International Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ) is up $0.12 (0.9%) to $13.70 on light volume Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Hertz Global Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.42-$13.88 after having opened the day at $13.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.58.

Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the car and equipment rental businesses worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Car Rental and Equipment Rental. Hertz Global Holdings has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Hertz Global Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hertz Global Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. 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 Hertz Global Holdings 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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