5 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Diversified Services Industry

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 20 points (-0.1%) at 15,298 as of Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,604 issues advancing vs. 474 declining with 57 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits down 0.57 versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.17. Top gainers within the industry include Mercadolibre ( MELI), up 2.7%, AECOM Technology Corporation ( ACM), up 1.3% and MasterCard Incorporated ( MA), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Tetra Tech ( TTEK), down 13.30, Envestnet ( ENV), down 7.34, R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company ( RRD), down 3.10, URS Corporation ( URS), down 1.75 and CoStar Group ( CSGP), down 1.36.

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

5. Vantiv ( VNTV) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Vantiv is up $0.78 (2.98) to $26.99 on average volume Thus far, 569,474 shares of Vantiv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.44-$27.40 after having opened the day at $26.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.21.

Vantiv, Inc. provides electronic integrated payment processing services in the United States. It operates in two segments, Merchant Services and Financial Institution Services. Vantiv has a market cap of $3.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.3, 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 9 analysts that rate Vantiv a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vantiv as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. Get the full Vantiv Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Fiserv ( FISV) is up $0.45 (0.51) to $89.09 on average volume Thus far, 219,946 shares of Fiserv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 576,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.05-$89.34 after having opened the day at $88.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.64.

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 12.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 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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3. As of noon trading, H&R Block ( HRB) is up $0.26 (0.89) to $29.48 on light volume Thus far, 630,844 shares of H&R Block exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.11-$29.49 after having opened the day at $29.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.22.

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 $7.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 57.4% 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 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, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full H&R Block Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Alliance Data Systems Corporation ( ADS) is up $0.82 (0.46) to $180.66 on average volume Thus far, 269,746 shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 577,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $179.07-$181.17 after having opened the day at $179.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $179.84.

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 26.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Alliance Data Systems Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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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1. As of noon trading, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ) is up $0.19 (0.75) to $25.52 on light volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Hertz Global Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.28-$25.66 after having opened the day at $25.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.33.

Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the car and equipment rental businesses worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Car Rental and Equipment Rental. Hertz Global Holdings has a market cap of $9.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 55.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Hertz Global Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hertz Global Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations 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 Hertz Global Holdings 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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