5 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 22 points (0.2%) at 12,810 as of Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,635 issues advancing vs. 1,204 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.0%. Top gainers within the industry include Infinity Pharmaceuticals ( INFI), up 9.6%, Shutterfly ( SFLY), up 4.1%, R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company ( RRD), up 2.6%, Lender Processing Services ( LPS), up 2.8% and AECOM Technology Corporation ( ACM), up 2.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Deluxe Corporation ( DLX), down 3.1%, and Giant Interactive Group ( GA), down 2.0%.

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

5. Jacobs Engineering Group ( JEC) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Jacobs Engineering Group is up $0.42 (1.1%) to $39.86 on light volume Thus far, 297,447 shares of Jacobs Engineering Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 804,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.34-$39.97 after having opened the day at $39.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.44.

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 $5.2 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 2.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, 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 a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins. Get the full Jacobs Engineering Group Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, SAIC ( SAI) is up $0.09 (0.8%) to $11.23 on light volume Thus far, 253,235 shares of SAIC exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.15-$11.24 after having opened the day at $11.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.14.

SAIC, Inc. provides scientific, engineering, systems integration, and technical services and solutions to agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, other U.S. SAIC has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of -373.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate SAIC a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SAIC as a hold. 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 and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full SAIC Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, KBR ( KBR) is up $0.76 (2.8%) to $27.82 on average volume Thus far, 673,434 shares of KBR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.14-$27.87 after having opened the day at $27.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.06.

KBR, Inc. operates as an engineering, construction, and services company worldwide. KBR has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate KBR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates KBR as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full KBR Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA) is up $1.57 (1.8%) to $90.51 on light volume Thus far, 165,414 shares of Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 744,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.85-$90.52 after having opened the day at $88.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.94.

Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. operates as a beauty retailer that provides prestige, mass, and salon products; and salon services in the United States. Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances has a market cap of $5.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 39.7, 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 Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances 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, expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Accenture ( ACN) is up $0.44 (0.7%) to $67.06 on light volume Thus far, 538,401 shares of Accenture exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.64-$67.26 after having opened the day at $66.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.63.

Accenture plc operates as a management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company worldwide. Accenture has a market cap of $42.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 26.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Accenture a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Accenture 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, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations 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 Accenture Ratings Report now.

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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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