3 Stocks Boosting The Diversified Services Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 30 points (-0.2%) at 15,264 as of Friday, May 24, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 947 issues advancing vs. 1,953 declining with 121 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.46. Top gainers within the industry include Visa ( V), up 1.1%, and Moody's Corporation ( MCO), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Computer Sciences Corporation ( CSC), down 1.51, McGraw Hill Financial ( MHP), down 0.96, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), down 1.03 and Paychex ( PAYX), down 0.66.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Infoblox ( BLOX) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Infoblox is up $2.88 (13.09) to $24.88 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Infoblox exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 608,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.50-$25.96 after having opened the day at $25.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.00.

Infoblox Inc. develops, markets, and sells automated network control solutions worldwide. Its appliance-based solution combines real-time IP address management with the automation of network control, and network change and configuration management processes in physical and virtual appliances. Infoblox has a market cap of $1.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 22.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Infoblox a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Infoblox as a hold. 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 and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that net income has been generally deteriorating over time. Get the full Infoblox Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Service Corporation International ( SCI) is up $0.47 (2.73) to $17.66 on average volume Thus far, 558,771 shares of Service Corporation International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 915,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.07-$17.66 after having opened the day at $17.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.19.

Service Corporation International provides deathcare products and services in North America and Germany. The company operates through two segments: Funeral and Cemetery. Service Corporation International has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Service Corporation International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Service Corporation International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. 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 Service Corporation International Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Alliance Data Systems Corporation ( ADS) is up $3.39 (1.90) to $181.83 on average volume Thus far, 237,306 shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 464,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $179.01-$182.13 after having opened the day at $180.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $178.44.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation provides marketing and loyalty solutions primarily in North America. The company operates in three segments: LoyaltyOne, Epsilon, and Private Label Services and Credit. Alliance Data Systems Corporation has a market cap of $8.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Alliance Data Systems Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alliance Data Systems Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. 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 Alliance Data Systems Corporation Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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