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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4. As of noon trading, Fidelity National Information Services ( FIS) is up $0.63 (1.4%) to $46.15 on average volume. Thus far, 618,004 shares of Fidelity National Information Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.37-$46.17 after having opened the day at $45.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.52.

Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. provides banking and payments technology solutions worldwide. The company offers financial institution core processing, card issuer, and transaction processing services, including the national electronic funds transfer network. Fidelity National Information Services has a market cap of $13.3 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 30.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Fidelity National Information Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fidelity National Information Services 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, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Fidelity National Information Services Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA) is up $1.89 (1.9%) to $104.27 on average volume. Thus far, 347,065 shares of Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 878,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $102.41-$104.42 after having opened the day at $102.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $102.38.

Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. operates specialty retail stores in the United States. Its stores offer cosmetics, fragrance, haircare, and skincare products, as well as related accessories and services. Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances has a market cap of $6.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 4.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances 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, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Moody's Corporation ( MCO) is up $1.16 (1.7%) to $70.39 on average volume. Thus far, 669,493 shares of Moody's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.09-$70.39 after having opened the day at $69.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.23.

Moody's Corporation provides credit ratings; and credit, capital markets, and economic related research, data, and analytical tools worldwide. Moody's Corporation has a market cap of $15.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 37.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Moody's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Moody's Corporation 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 solid stock price performance. 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 Moody's Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, MasterCard Incorporated ( MA) is up $8.22 (1.3%) to $650.66 on average volume. Thus far, 358,889 shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 679,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $639.95-$650.99 after having opened the day at $641.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $642.45.

MasterCard Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, provides transaction processing and other payment-related services in the United States and internationally. MasterCard Incorporated has a market cap of $74.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 30.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate MasterCard Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MasterCard Incorporated 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, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full MasterCard Incorporated 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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