4 Diversified Services Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 155 points (-1.0%) at 15,255 as of Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 466 issues advancing vs. 2,548 declining with 68 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits down 0.90 versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.89. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Corrections Corporation of America ( CXW), down 3.87, Robert Half International ( RHI), down 2.64, Fidelity National Information Services ( FIS), down 1.65, Paychex ( PAYX), down 1.54 and Priceline.com ( PCLN), down 1.45.

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

4. Stewart ( STEI) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Stewart is up $3.29 (33.78) to $13.03 on heavy volume Thus far, 50.8 million shares of Stewart exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 469,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.02-$13.10 after having opened the day at $13.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.74.

Stewart Enterprises, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides funeral and cemetery products and services in the death care industry. It offers a range of funeral and cremation merchandise and services, as well as cemetery property, merchandise, and services. Stewart has a market cap of $802.8 million and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Stewart a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Stewart 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, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Stewart Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Service Corporation International ( SCI) is up $0.94 (5.35) to $18.56 on heavy volume Thus far, 5.4 million shares of Service Corporation International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 920,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.55-$19.59 after having opened the day at $19.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.62.

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 $3.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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2. As of noon trading, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU) is up $0.49 (2.28) to $21.95 on average volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of New Oriental Education & Technology Group I exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.05-$22.00 after having opened the day at $21.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.46.

New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. provides private educational services primarily in China. New Oriental Education & Technology Group I has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate New Oriental Education & Technology Group I a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates New Oriental Education & Technology Group I 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 increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and disappointing return on equity. Get the full New Oriental Education & Technology Group I Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT) is up $1.85 (2.19) to $86.20 on heavy volume Thus far, 922,726 shares of Fleetcor Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 871,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.05-$87.01 after having opened the day at $84.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.35.

FleetCor Technologies, Inc. provides fuel cards and workforce payment products and services to businesses, commercial fleets, oil companies, petroleum marketers, and government entities in North America, Latin America, and Europe. Fleetcor Technologies has a market cap of $6.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 53.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Fleetcor Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fleetcor Technologies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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 Fleetcor Technologies 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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