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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4. As of noon trading, Avis Budget Group ( CAR) is up $0.86 (2.8%) to $32.08 on average volume. Thus far, 867,067 shares of Avis Budget Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.28-$32.41 after having opened the day at $31.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.21.

Avis Budget Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides car and truck rentals, and ancillary services to businesses and consumers worldwide. Avis Budget Group has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 62.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Avis Budget Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Avis Budget Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Avis Budget Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT) is up $0.81 (0.9%) to $85.75 on light volume. Thus far, 186,814 shares of Fleetcor Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 861,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.56-$85.80 after having opened the day at $85.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.94.

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 $7.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 58.2% 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 4 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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2. As of noon trading, H&R Block ( HRB) is up $0.69 (2.3%) to $30.51 on average volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of H&R Block exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.94-$30.51 after having opened the day at $29.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.82.

H&R Block, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides tax preparation and related services to the general public in the United States, Canada, and Australia. H&R Block has a market cap of $8.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 62.7% 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, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. 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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1. As of noon trading, United Rentals ( URI) is up $4.08 (8.0%) to $55.06 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.5 million shares of United Rentals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.97-$55.87 after having opened the day at $53.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.98.

United Rentals, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an equipment rental company. It offers approximately 3,300 classes of equipment for rent to customers comprising construction and industrial companies, manufacturers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners, and government entities. United Rentals has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 12.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate United Rentals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Rentals as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full United Rentals 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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