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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