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 59 points (0.4%) at 13,940 as of Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,920 issues advancing vs. 903 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include HMS Holdings Corporation ( HMSY), up 7.2%, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), up 2.0%, Moody's Corporation ( MCO), up 1.5%, Robert Half International ( RHI), up 1.4% and Western Union Company ( WU), up 1.0%.

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

5. Total System Services ( TSS) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Total System Services is up $0.52 (2.3%) to $22.79 on average volume Thus far, 762,566 shares of Total System Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.63-$23.26 after having opened the day at $23.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.27.

Total System Services, Inc. provides electronic payment processing and other services to card-issuing and merchant acquiring institutions. Total System Services has a market cap of $4.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Total System Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Total System Services 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, reasonable valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Total System Services Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Verisk Analytics ( VRSK) is up $0.61 (1.1%) to $54.34 on light volume Thus far, 159,117 shares of Verisk Analytics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 828,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.84-$54.47 after having opened the day at $53.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.73.

Verisk Analytics, Inc. provides proprietary data, analytics methods, and embedded decision support solutions for detecting fraud in property and casualty (P&C) insurance, mortgage, and healthcare industries primarily in the United States. Verisk Analytics has a market cap of $9.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Verisk Analytics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Verisk Analytics as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance 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 Verisk Analytics Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, AthenaHealth ( ATHN) is up $1.70 (1.9%) to $89.85 on light volume Thus far, 90,579 shares of AthenaHealth exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 517,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.36-$89.94 after having opened the day at $88.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.15.

athenahealth, Inc., a business services company, provides ongoing billing, clinical-related, and other related services to medical group practices primarily in the United States. The company provides services through the athenaNet, a proprietary Internet-based practice management application. AthenaHealth has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 177.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate AthenaHealth a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AthenaHealth 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, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full AthenaHealth Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, United Rentals ( URI) is up $1.97 (3.9%) to $52.91 on average volume Thus far, 1.2 million shares of United Rentals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.41-$53.15 after having opened the day at $51.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.94.

United Rentals, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an equipment rental company. It offers approximately 3,300 classes of equipment for rent to customers comprising construction and industrial companies, manufacturers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners, and government entities. United Rentals has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 67.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate United Rentals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Rentals as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust 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 disappointing return on equity. Get the full United Rentals Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, SBA Communications ( SBAC) is up $2.43 (3.6%) to $70.18 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.0 million shares of SBA Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.09-$70.46 after having opened the day at $68.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.75.

SBA Communications Corporation owns and operates wireless communications towers primarily in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Panama. SBA Communications has a market cap of $8.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 4.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate SBA Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SBA Communications as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full SBA Communications 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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