4 Stocks Moving The Diversified Services Industry Upward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 14 points (0.1%) at 15,368 as of Monday, May 20, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,885 issues advancing vs. 1,048 declining with 118 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 1.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. A company within the industry that fell today was Paychex ( PAYX), up 1.01.

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

4. Websense ( WBSN) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Websense is up $5.49 (28.55) to $24.72 on heavy volume Thus far, 11.2 million shares of Websense exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 250,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.70-$24.78 after having opened the day at $24.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.23.

Websense, Inc. provides Web, email, and data security solutions to protect an organization’s data and users from cyber-threats, malware attacks, information leaks, legal liability, and productivity loss worldwide. Websense has a market cap of $691.2 million and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Websense a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Websense as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth, 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 Websense Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, KBR ( KBR) is up $1.31 (3.87) to $35.13 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of KBR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.70-$35.60 after having opened the day at $33.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.82.

KBR, Inc. operates as an engineering, construction, and services company worldwide. KBR has a market cap of $4.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate KBR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates KBR as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full KBR Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Jacobs Engineering Group ( JEC) is up $1.11 (2.05) to $55.20 on average volume Thus far, 522,412 shares of Jacobs Engineering Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.96-$55.52 after having opened the day at $53.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.09.

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 $6.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Jacobs Engineering Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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 solid stock price performance, 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 shows low profit margins. Get the full Jacobs Engineering Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Priceline.com ( PCLN) is up $24.53 (3.01) to $838.19 on heavy volume Thus far, 621,363 shares of Priceline.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 666,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $824.19-$840.85 after having opened the day at $825.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $813.66.

priceline.com Incorporated operates as a online travel company. Priceline.com has a market cap of $40.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Priceline.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Priceline.com as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Priceline.com Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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