Diversified Services Stocks On The Rise With Help From 5 Stocks

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 90 points (-0.6%) at 15,522 as of Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 580 issues advancing vs. 2,389 declining with 97 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Checkpoint Systems ( CKP), down 15.2%, AECOM Technology Corporation ( ACM), down 13.7%, Atlas Resource Partners ( ARP), down 9.0%, URS Corporation ( URS), down 3.4% and Mercadolibre ( MELI), down 2.5%.

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

5. Washington Post Company ( WPO) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Washington Post Company is up $24.11 (4.2%) to $592.81 on heavy volume. Thus far, 127,255 shares of Washington Post Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $590.28-$605.18 after having opened the day at $595.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $568.70.

The Washington Post Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a diversified education and media company in the United States and internationally. Washington Post Company has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 55.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Washington Post Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Washington Post Company 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, 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 Washington Post Company Ratings Report now.

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