5 Diversified Services Stocks Pushing The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 21 points (-0.1%) at 14,492 as of Monday, March 18, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,220 issues advancing vs. 1,709 declining with 121 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), up 10.1%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), up 5.5%, Amerco ( UHAL), up 2.3%, Cintas Corporation ( CTAS), up 1.3% and FTI Consulting ( FCN), up 1.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include ExamWorks Group ( EXAM), down 5.0%, HMS Holdings Corporation ( HMSY), down 2.4%, Myriad Genetics ( MYGN), down 1.5%, Air Lease ( AL), down 1.0% and Team Health Holdings ( TMH), down 1.0%.

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

5. GATX ( GMT) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, GATX is up $0.53 (1.0%) to $51.63 on light volume Thus far, 82,977 shares of GATX exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 261,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.68-$51.75 after having opened the day at $50.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.10.

GATX Corporation leases, operates, manages, and remarkets assets in the rail and marine markets in North America and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Rail North America, Rail International, American Steamship Company (ASC), and Portfolio Management. GATX has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate GATX a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates GATX as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. 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 GATX Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Acacia Research Coroporation ( ACTG) is up $0.58 (2.1%) to $28.52 on light volume Thus far, 125,542 shares of Acacia Research Coroporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 537,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.75-$28.82 after having opened the day at $27.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.94.

Acacia Research Corporation, through its subsidiaries, acquires, develops, licenses, and enforces patented technologies in the United States. Acacia Research Coroporation has a market cap of $1.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Acacia Research Coroporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Acacia Research Coroporation 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Acacia Research Coroporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, DeVry ( DV) is up $0.61 (2.0%) to $31.10 on light volume Thus far, 262,612 shares of DeVry exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 989,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.09-$31.21 after having opened the day at $30.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.49.

DeVry Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides educational services worldwide. DeVry has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate DeVry a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DeVry as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full DeVry Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA) is up $0.37 (0.5%) to $74.51 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 976,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.94-$74.74 after having opened the day at $73.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.14.

Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. operates as a beauty retailer that provides prestige, mass, and salon products; and salon services in the United States. Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances has a market cap of $5.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 33.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 24.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances 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, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, United Rentals ( URI) is up $0.64 (1.2%) to $53.33 on average volume Thus far, 879,640 shares of United Rentals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.26-$53.59 after having opened the day at $52.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.69.

United Rentals, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an equipment rental company. It offers approximately 3,300 classes of equipment for rent to customers comprising construction and industrial companies, manufacturers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners, and government entities. United Rentals has a market cap of $5.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 68.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate United Rentals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Rentals as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full United Rentals 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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