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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