5 Diversified Services Stocks Pushing The Industry Higher

All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 18 points (0.1%) at 15,482 as of Monday, July 15, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,893 issues advancing vs. 1,042 declining with 108 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include RPX ( RPXC), up 6.2%, Zillow ( Z), up 2.9% and AthenaHealth ( ATHN), up 1.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Mercadolibre ( MELI), down 3.5%, H&R Block ( HRB), down 1.1%, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), down 1.0%, Verisk Analytics ( VRSK), down 0.9% and Paychex ( PAYX), down 0.5%.

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

5. CoStar Group ( CSGP) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, CoStar Group is up $1.73 (1.3%) to $134.92 on heavy volume. Thus far, 93,956 shares of CoStar Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 112,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $133.19-$136.07 after having opened the day at $134.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $133.19.

CoStar Group, Inc. provides information, analytics, and marketing services to the commercial real estate industry in the United States, the United Kingdom, and France. CoStar Group has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 52.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate CoStar Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CoStar Group as a buy. 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, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins 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 CoStar Group Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, KBR ( KBR) is up $0.49 (1.5%) to $33.35 on light volume. Thus far, 274,544 shares of KBR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.87-$33.38 after having opened the day at $32.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.86.

KBR, Inc. operates as an engineering, construction, and services company worldwide. KBR has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 9.7% 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 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 KBR Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Fiserv ( FISV) is up $0.70 (0.8%) to $91.76 on light volume. Thus far, 148,996 shares of Fiserv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 617,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $90.62-$91.76 after having opened the day at $90.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $91.06.

Fiserv, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides financial services technology solutions worldwide. Fiserv has a market cap of $12.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 15.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Fiserv a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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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2. As of noon trading, Western Union Company ( WU) is up $0.19 (1.1%) to $17.66 on light volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Western Union Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.45-$17.72 after having opened the day at $17.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.47.

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 $9.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 27.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 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, increase in stock price during the past year 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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1. As of noon trading, Tyco International ( TYC) is up $0.30 (0.8%) to $35.38 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Tyco International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.09-$35.75 after having opened the day at $35.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.08.

Tyco International Ltd. operates as a fire protection and security company. The company provides security products and services, fire protection and detection products and services, valves and controls, and other industrial products. Tyco International has a market cap of $16.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 20.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Tyco International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tyco International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Tyco International 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).

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