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 62 points (0.4%) at 14,518 as of Thursday, March 14, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,808 issues advancing vs. 1,087 declining with 143 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include Ryder System ( R), up 1.8%, and URS Corporation ( URS), up 1.3%. A company within the industry that fell today was Advisory Board Company ( ABCO), up 1.5%.

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

5. AECOM Technology Corporation ( ACM) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, AECOM Technology Corporation is up $0.62 (1.9%) to $32.52 on average volume Thus far, 560,289 shares of AECOM Technology Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 988,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.88-$32.64 after having opened the day at $31.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.90.

AECOM Technology Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides professional technical and management support services for commercial and government clients worldwide. AECOM Technology Corporation has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 32.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate AECOM Technology Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AECOM Technology Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full AECOM Technology Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, KBR ( KBR) is up $0.46 (1.5%) to $31.97 on light volume Thus far, 310,477 shares of KBR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.58-$32.03 after having opened the day at $31.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.51.

KBR, Inc. operates as an engineering, construction, and services company worldwide. KBR has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.3% 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, Jacobs Engineering Group ( JEC) is up $0.40 (0.8%) to $52.86 on average volume Thus far, 453,501 shares of Jacobs Engineering Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 888,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.55-$52.99 after having opened the day at $52.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.46.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. provides technical, professional, and construction services to various industrial, commercial, and governmental clients worldwide. Jacobs Engineering Group has a market cap of $6.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Jacobs Engineering Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Jacobs Engineering Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth 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 Jacobs Engineering Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Alliance Data Systems Corporation ( ADS) is up $0.98 (0.6%) to $157.87 on light volume Thus far, 127,556 shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 492,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $157.00-$158.11 after having opened the day at $157.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $156.89.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation provides marketing and loyalty solutions primarily in North America. The company operates in three segments: LoyaltyOne, Epsilon, and Private Label Services and Credit. Alliance Data Systems Corporation has a market cap of $7.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Alliance Data Systems Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alliance Data Systems Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. 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 Alliance Data Systems Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Tyco International ( TYC) is up $0.18 (0.6%) to $31.91 on light volume Thus far, 488,013 shares of Tyco International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.76-$31.94 after having opened the day at $31.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.73.

Tyco International Ltd. operates as a fire protection and security company. The company provides security products and services, fire protection and detection products and services, valves and controls, and other industrial products. Tyco International has a market cap of $14.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 8.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Tyco International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tyco International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Tyco 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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