Today's Top Performers In Diversified Services

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 12 points (0.1%) at 15,069 as of Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,670 issues advancing vs. 1,254 declining with 121 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Tyco International ( TYC), up 1.1%, and Priceline.com ( PCLN), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Mercadolibre ( MELI), down 4.71, Moody's Corporation ( MCO), down 1.31 and H&R Block ( HRB), down 1.00.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. Grand Canyon Education ( LOPE) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Grand Canyon Education is up $3.26 (12.63) to $29.08 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Grand Canyon Education exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 379,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.30-$29.34 after having opened the day at $27.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.82.

Grand Canyon Education, Inc. provides postsecondary education services in the United States and Canada. It focuses on offering graduate and undergraduate degree programs in the areas of education, healthcare, business, and liberal arts. Grand Canyon Education has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.0, below 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 9 analysts that rate Grand Canyon Education a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Grand Canyon Education 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Grand Canyon Education Ratings Report now.

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