5 Diversified Services Stocks Moving The Industry Upward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 5 points (0.0%) at 15,100 as of Thursday, May 9, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,176 issues advancing vs. 1,742 declining with 136 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.21. Top gainers within the industry include Air Lease ( AL), up 4.2%, Mercadolibre ( MELI), up 2.3%, HMS Holdings Corporation ( HMSY), up 2.0%, Western Union Company ( WU), up 1.3% and Paychex ( PAYX), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include LivePerson ( LPSN), down 34.04, Maximus ( MMS), down 1.31, Washington Post Company ( WPO), down 1.35, H&R Block ( HRB), down 1.12 and CoStar Group ( CSGP), down 1.26.

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 $0.35 (1.17) to $30.25 on light volume Thus far, 240,068 shares of AECOM Technology Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 927,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.72-$30.31 after having opened the day at $29.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.90.

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 $3.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 25.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate AECOM Technology Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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 deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full AECOM Technology Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Weight Watchers International ( WTW) is up $1.03 (2.42) to $43.63 on light volume Thus far, 247,576 shares of Weight Watchers International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 775,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.50-$43.68 after having opened the day at $42.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.60.

Weight Watchers International, Inc. provides weight management services in North America, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and internationally. It offers a range of products and services comprising nutritional, exercise, and behavioral tools and approaches. Weight Watchers International has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 18.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Weight Watchers International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weight Watchers International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full Weight Watchers International Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Total System Services ( TSS) is up $0.35 (1.46) to $24.34 on average volume Thus far, 693,328 shares of Total System Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.08-$24.36 after having opened the day at $24.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.99.

Total System Services, Inc. provides payment processing and other services to card-issuing and merchant acquiring institutions in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: North America Services, International Services, and Merchant Services. Total System Services has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Total System Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Total System Services 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, reasonable valuation levels, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Total System Services Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Apollo Group ( APOL) is up $0.31 (1.72) to $18.31 on light volume Thus far, 635,835 shares of Apollo Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.93-$18.34 after having opened the day at $18.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.00.

Apollo Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides online and on-campus educational programs and services at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels. Apollo Group has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 16.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Apollo Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apollo Group as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Apollo Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Fiserv ( FISV) is up $0.65 (0.73) to $89.38 on light volume Thus far, 157,173 shares of Fiserv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 610,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.78-$89.56 after having opened the day at $88.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.73.

Fiserv, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides financial services technology solutions worldwide. Fiserv has a market cap of $11.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Fiserv a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fiserv as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Fiserv 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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