5 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Diversified Services Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 79 points (0.5%) at 15,467 as of Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,746 issues advancing vs. 1,183 declining with 133 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include Booz Allen Hamilton ( BAH), up 7.2%, KBR ( KBR), up 2.4%, Visa ( V), up 0.8% and Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), up 0.9%. A company within the industry that fell today was Priceline.com ( PCLN), up 1.81.

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

5. Qiagen ( QGEN) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Qiagen is up $0.44 (2.37) to $19.02 on average volume Thus far, 533,195 shares of Qiagen exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 810,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.84-$19.03 after having opened the day at $18.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.58.

QIAGEN N.V., through its subsidiaries, provides sample and assay technologies worldwide. Qiagen has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Qiagen a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Qiagen 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, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins 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 Qiagen Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Avis Budget Group ( CAR) is up $1.13 (3.55) to $32.94 on average volume Thus far, 744,181 shares of Avis Budget Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.79-$33.13 after having opened the day at $31.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.81.

Avis Budget Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides car and truck rentals, and ancillary services to businesses and consumers worldwide. Avis Budget Group has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 61.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Avis Budget Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Avis Budget Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Avis Budget Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Paychex ( PAYX) is up $0.24 (0.62) to $38.43 on light volume Thus far, 690,036 shares of Paychex exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.20-$38.55 after having opened the day at $38.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.20.

Paychex, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides payroll, human resource, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small to medium-sized businesses in the United States and Germany. Paychex has a market cap of $13.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Paychex a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 18 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Paychex as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Paychex Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, H&R Block ( HRB) is up $0.31 (1.05) to $29.95 on average volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of H&R Block exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.51-$30.00 after having opened the day at $29.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.64.

H&R Block, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the provision of tax preparation and related services to the general public in the United States, Canada, and Australia. H&R Block has a market cap of $8.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 59.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate H&R Block a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates H&R Block as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and premium valuation. Get the full H&R Block Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Western Union Company ( WU) is up $0.19 (1.14) to $16.80 on light volume Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Western Union Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.60-$16.85 after having opened the day at $16.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.61.

The Western Union Company provides money movement and payment services worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Consumer-to-Consumer, Consumer-to-Business, and Business Solutions. The Consumer-to-Consumer segment offers cash money transfer services involving walk-in agent locations. Western Union Company has a market cap of $9.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Western Union Company a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Western Union Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Western Union Company 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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