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 up 14 points (0.1%) at 12,892 as of Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,435 issues advancing vs. 1,435 declining with 148 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.0%. Top gainers within the industry include Giant Interactive Group ( GA), up 3.5%, and Qiagen ( QGEN), up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Universal Technical Institute ( UTI), down 22.1%, CAI International ( CAP), down 7.8%, Myriad Genetics ( MYGN), down 3.0%, R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company ( RRD), down 2.3% and HMS Holdings Corporation ( HMSY), down 2.3%.

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

5. Global Payments ( GPN) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Global Payments is up $0.56 (1.3%) to $43.99 on light volume Thus far, 139,389 shares of Global Payments exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 838,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.18-$44.10 after having opened the day at $43.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.43.

Global Payments Inc. Global Payments has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 8.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Global Payments a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Global Payments 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, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Global Payments Ratings Report now.

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