4 Stocks Pushing The Diversified Services Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 24 points (-0.2%) at 14,029 as of Friday, March 1, 2013, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,249 issues advancing vs. 1,609 declining with 131 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include Mercadolibre ( MELI), up 1.2%, and Moody's Corporation ( MCO), up 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include American Public Education ( APEI), down 7.8%, Corrections Corporation of America ( CXW), down 3.2%, Rollins ( ROL), down 2.3%, Alliance Data Systems Corporation ( ADS), down 0.9% and Fiserv ( FISV), down 0.8%.

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

4. CoStar Group ( CSGP) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, CoStar Group is up $1.41 (1.4%) to $102.15 on heavy volume Thus far, 92,561 shares of CoStar Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 109,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $100.03-$102.21 after having opened the day at $100.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $100.74.

CoStar Group, Inc. provides information and analytic services to the commercial real estate industry in the United States, the United Kingdom, and France. CoStar Group has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 59.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate CoStar Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CoStar Group 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, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full CoStar Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU) is up $0.50 (3.3%) to $15.70 on light volume Thus far, 777,782 shares of New Oriental Education & Technology Group I exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.03-$15.71 after having opened the day at $15.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.20.

New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. provides private educational services primarily in China. New Oriental Education & Technology Group I has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 20.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate New Oriental Education & Technology Group I a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates New Oriental Education & Technology Group I as a hold. 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 and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full New Oriental Education & Technology Group I Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, AthenaHealth ( ATHN) is up $1.40 (1.5%) to $95.19 on light volume Thus far, 166,694 shares of AthenaHealth exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 529,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $92.56-$95.49 after having opened the day at $93.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.79.

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 $3.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 187.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.1% 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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1. As of noon trading, Western Union Company ( WU) is up $0.11 (0.8%) to $14.14 on average volume Thus far, 5.8 million shares of Western Union Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.92-$14.17 after having opened the day at $13.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.03.

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 $8.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. 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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