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 42 points (0.3%) at 14,338 as of Thursday, March 7, 2013, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,674 issues advancing vs. 1,197 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. A company within the industry that fell today was Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), up 2.4%.

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

5. R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company ( RRD) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company is up $0.25 (2.4%) to $10.84 on light volume Thus far, 650,564 shares of R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.53-$10.85 after having opened the day at $10.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.59.

R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company provides integrated communication solutions to private and public sectors worldwide. R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 17.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its generally strong cash flow from operations. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, KBR ( KBR) is up $0.43 (1.4%) to $30.67 on light volume Thus far, 373,584 shares of KBR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.12-$30.68 after having opened the day at $30.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.24.

KBR, Inc. operates as an engineering, construction, and services company worldwide. KBR has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate KBR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates KBR as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full KBR Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Paychex ( PAYX) is up $0.36 (1.1%) to $34.13 on light volume Thus far, 820,387 shares of Paychex exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.77-$34.16 after having opened the day at $33.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.78.

Paychex, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides payroll, human resource, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small to medium-sized businesses in the United States and Germany. Paychex has a market cap of $12.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Paychex a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 18 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Paychex as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Paychex Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, H&R Block ( HRB) is up $0.18 (0.7%) to $25.44 on average volume Thus far, 1.7 million shares of H&R Block exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.24-$25.59 after having opened the day at $25.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.26.

H&R Block, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the provision of tax preparation and related services to the general public in the United States, Canada, and Australia. H&R Block has a market cap of $6.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 36.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate H&R Block a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates H&R Block as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow. Get the full H&R Block Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ) is up $0.44 (2.2%) to $20.78 on heavy volume Thus far, 10.5 million shares of Hertz Global Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.19-$20.79 after having opened the day at $20.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.34.

Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the car and equipment rental businesses worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Car Rental and Equipment Rental. Hertz Global Holdings has a market cap of $8.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Hertz Global Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hertz Global Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Hertz Global Holdings 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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