4 Stocks Pushing The Diversified Services Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 154 points (1.2%) at 12,742 as of Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,629 issues advancing vs. 338 declining with 70 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.5%. Top gainers within the industry include MasterCard Incorporated ( MA), up 1.6%, Visa ( V), up 1.6%, SBA Communications ( SBAC), up 1.4% and Accenture ( ACN), up 1.1%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. AthenaHealth ( ATHN) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, AthenaHealth is up $3.82 (6.3%) to $64.54 on average volume Thus far, 378,195 shares of AthenaHealth exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 507,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.57-$65.15 after having opened the day at $62.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.72.

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 $2.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 115.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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.

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