5 Stocks Boosting The Diversified Services Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 15 points (0.1%) at 15,467 as of Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,986 issues advancing vs. 913 declining with 127 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), up 2.5%, Mercadolibre ( MELI), up 2.3%, Moody's Corporation ( MCO), up 1.5% and Priceline.com ( PCLN), up 0.8%. A company within the industry that fell today was Western Union Company ( WU), up 0.6%.

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

5. Portfolio Recovery Associates ( PRAA) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Portfolio Recovery Associates is up $5.13 (3.6%) to $147.11 on average volume. Thus far, 66,146 shares of Portfolio Recovery Associates exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 100,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $142.03-$147.24 after having opened the day at $143.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $141.98.

Portfolio Recovery Associates, Inc., a financial and business service company, engages in the purchase, collection, and management of portfolios of defaulted consumer receivables in the United States and the United Kingdom. Portfolio Recovery Associates has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 33.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Portfolio Recovery Associates a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Portfolio Recovery Associates 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth 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 Portfolio Recovery Associates Ratings Report now.

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