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 28 points (-0.2%) at 13,217 as of Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,125 issues advancing vs. 1,742 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include EnerNOC ( ENOC), up 8.9%, ManpowerGroup ( MAN), up 1.6% and Washington Post Company ( WPO), up 1.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Lender Processing Services ( LPS), down 2.0%, Tetra Tech ( TTEK), down 2.0%, Mercadolibre ( MELI), down 1.1%, Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), down 0.9% and Verisk Analytics ( VRSK), down 0.8%.

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

5. KBR ( KBR) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, KBR is up $0.42 (1.4%) to $30.26 on light volume Thus far, 519,610 shares of KBR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.70-$30.29 after having opened the day at $29.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.84.

KBR, Inc. operates as an engineering, construction, and services company worldwide. KBR has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 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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4. As of noon trading, Apollo Group ( APOL) is up $0.49 (2.3%) to $21.50 on average volume Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Apollo Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.90-$21.73 after having opened the day at $20.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.01.

Apollo Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides online and on-campus educational programs and services at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels. Apollo Group has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 62.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Apollo Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apollo Group 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, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Apollo Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU) is up $0.56 (2.9%) to $19.80 on light volume Thus far, 980,125 shares of New Oriental Education & Technology Group I exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.24-$19.88 after having opened the day at $19.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.24.

New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. provides private educational services primarily in China. New Oriental Education & Technology Group I has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 23.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 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.

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2. As of noon trading, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ) is up $0.18 (1.1%) to $16.07 on average volume Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Hertz Global Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.95-$16.11 after having opened the day at $15.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.89.

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 $6.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 35.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 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.

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1. As of noon trading, Western Union Company ( WU) is up $0.14 (1.1%) to $13.25 on average volume Thus far, 4.0 million shares of Western Union Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.07-$13.29 after having opened the day at $13.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.10.

The Western Union Company provides money movement and payment services worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Consumer-to-Consumer and Global Business Payments. Western Union Company has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 27.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Western Union Company a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 17 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Western Union Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Western Union Company 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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