5 Stocks Pushing The Diversified Services Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 32 points (0.2%) at 14,286 as of Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,509 issues advancing vs. 1,334 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 12.4%, Ryder System ( R), up 1.7%, Amerco ( UHAL), up 1.4%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), up 1.3% and Moody's Corporation ( MCO), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Qiagen ( QGEN), down 1.3%, and Fiserv ( FISV), down 0.5%.

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

5. Zillow ( Z) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Zillow is up $2.18 (4.6%) to $49.61 on average volume Thus far, 497,849 shares of Zillow exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 695,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.75-$49.79 after having opened the day at $46.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.43.

Zillow, Inc. engages in the operation of a real estate and home-related information marketplace on mobile and the Web in the United States. Zillow has a market cap of $1.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 262.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 70.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 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 good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's net income has been quite unimpressive. Get the full Zillow Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, SAIC ( SAI) is up $0.08 (0.7%) to $12.06 on light volume Thus far, 796,453 shares of SAIC exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.90-$12.07 after having opened the day at $11.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.98.

SAIC, Inc. provides scientific, engineering, systems integration, and technical services and solutions to agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, other U.S. SAIC has a market cap of $4.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate SAIC a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SAIC 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, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full SAIC Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Verisk Analytics ( VRSK) is up $0.62 (1.0%) to $59.94 on light volume Thus far, 168,871 shares of Verisk Analytics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 843,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.45-$60.01 after having opened the day at $59.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.32.

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 $10.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Verisk Analytics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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, good cash flow from operations, 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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2. As of noon trading, Mercadolibre ( MELI) is up $1.87 (2.1%) to $89.46 on light volume Thus far, 114,274 shares of Mercadolibre exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 586,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $86.71-$89.52 after having opened the day at $88.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.59.

MercadoLibre, Inc. hosts online commerce platforms in Latin America. Its services are designed to provide its users with mechanisms for buying, selling, paying, collecting, generating leads, and comparing listings via e-commerce transactions. Mercadolibre has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Mercadolibre a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mercadolibre as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Mercadolibre Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Robert Half International ( RHI) is up $0.39 (1.1%) to $36.06 on light volume Thus far, 270,444 shares of Robert Half International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.71-$36.09 after having opened the day at $35.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.67.

Robert Half International Inc. provides staffing and risk consulting services in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Robert Half International has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Robert Half International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Robert Half International 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Robert Half International 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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