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 20 points (-0.2%) at 12,795 as of Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,283 issues advancing vs. 1,555 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Infinity Pharmaceuticals ( INFI), up 6.7%, Avis Budget Group ( CAR), up 3.1%, WEX ( WXS), up 1.4%, Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), up 1.2% and Apollo Group ( APOL), up 1.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include RPX ( RPXC), down 4.3%, Portfolio Recovery Associates ( PRAA), down 3.6%, Interval Leisure Group ( IILG), down 2.4%, 51job ( JOBS), down 2.1% and Acacia Research Coroporation ( ACTG), down 2.0%.

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

5. New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I is up $0.64 (3.8%) to $17.70 on light volume Thus far, 998,784 shares of New Oriental Education & Technology Group I exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.22-$17.75 after having opened the day at $17.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.06.

New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. provides private educational services primarily in China. New Oriental Education & Technology Group I has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 29.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate New Oriental Education & Technology Group I a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates New Oriental Education & Technology Group I 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 a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and disappointing return on equity. Get the full New Oriental Education & Technology Group I Ratings Report now.

4. As of noon trading, Alliance Data Systems Corporation ( ADS) is up $0.88 (0.6%) to $143.20 on light volume Thus far, 83,411 shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 531,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $142.28-$144.03 after having opened the day at $142.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $142.32.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation provides data-driven and transaction-based marketing, and customer loyalty solutions primarily in the United States and Canada. Alliance Data Systems Corporation has a market cap of $7.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 37.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Alliance Data Systems Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alliance Data Systems Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. 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 Alliance Data Systems Corporation Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, Moody's Corporation ( MCO) is up $0.76 (1.7%) to $46.63 on light volume Thus far, 518,281 shares of Moody's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.60-$46.93 after having opened the day at $46.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.87.

Moody's Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides credit ratings, research, and analysis covering fixed-income securities, other debt instruments, and the entities that issue such instruments in the global capital markets. Moody's Corporation has a market cap of $10.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 36.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Moody's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Moody's Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income 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 Moody's Corporation Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, United Rentals ( URI) is up $0.81 (2.0%) to $40.48 on light volume Thus far, 733,208 shares of United Rentals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.99-$40.51 after having opened the day at $40.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.67.

United Rentals, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an equipment rental company. It offers approximately 3,000 classes of equipment for rent to customers comprising construction and industrial companies, manufacturers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners, and government entities. United Rentals has a market cap of $3.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 51.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 31.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate United Rentals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Rentals as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. 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 United Rentals Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group ( DTG) is up $1.97 (2.4%) to $85.97 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $85.50-$86.35 after having opened the day at $86.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.00.

Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the daily rental of vehicles to business and leisure customers under the Dollar and Thrifty names through company-owned stores in the United States and Canada. Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group 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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