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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