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 135 points (1.0%) at 13,995 as of Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, 11:44 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,283 issues advancing vs. 634 declining with 96 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.9%. Top gainers within the industry include Avis Budget Group ( CAR), up 5.0%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), up 2.6%, Ryder System ( R), up 2.6%, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), up 3.1% and Air Lease ( AL), up 2.4%. A company within the industry that fell today was Amerco ( UHAL), up 1.4%.

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

5. H&R Block ( HRB) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, H&R Block is up $0.29 (1.3%) to $23.06 on average volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of H&R Block exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.90-$23.27 after having opened the day at $22.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.77.

H&R Block, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the provision of tax preparation and related services to the general public in the United States, Canada, and Australia. H&R Block has a market cap of $6.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate H&R Block a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates H&R Block as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow. Get the full H&R Block Ratings Report now.

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