4 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 18 points (-0.1%) at 13,964 as of Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,305 issues advancing vs. 1,524 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), up 5.1%, Tyco International ( TYC), up 0.7% and Visa ( V), up 0.7%. A company within the industry that fell today was Fidelity National Information Services ( FIS), up 1.4%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. Portfolio Recovery Associates ( PRAA) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Portfolio Recovery Associates is up $7.85 (7.0%) to $119.87 on heavy volume Thus far, 73,307 shares of Portfolio Recovery Associates exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 84,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $113.10-$120.00 after having opened the day at $113.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $112.02.

Portfolio Recovery Associates, Inc., a financial and business service company, engages in the purchase, collection, and management of portfolios of defaulted consumer receivables. Portfolio Recovery Associates has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Portfolio Recovery Associates a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Portfolio Recovery Associates 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Portfolio Recovery Associates Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Zillow ( Z) is up $4.93 (12.6%) to $43.90 on heavy volume Thus far, 3.2 million shares of Zillow exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 617,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.24-$47.85 after having opened the day at $42.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.97.

Zillow, Inc. engages in the operation of a real estate information marketplace in the United States. Zillow has a market cap of $936.7 million and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 212.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 30.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Zillow a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Zillow as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its premium valuation and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Zillow Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Avis Budget Group ( CAR) is up $1.67 (7.2%) to $24.73 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Avis Budget Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.00-$24.90 after having opened the day at $22.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.06.

Avis Budget Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides car and truck rentals, and ancillary services to businesses and consumers worldwide. Avis Budget Group has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Avis Budget Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Avis Budget Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 Avis Budget Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Western Union Company ( WU) is up $0.14 (1.0%) to $14.31 on average volume Thus far, 6.5 million shares of Western Union Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.25-$14.45 after having opened the day at $14.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.17.

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 $8.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Western Union Company a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 15 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 good cash flow from operations. 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 4 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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