5 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Diversified Services Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 44 points (0.3%) at 15,464 as of Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,183 issues advancing vs. 1,800 declining with 78 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Digital Generation ( DGIT), up 26.9%, Portfolio Recovery Associates ( PRAA), up 2.2%, VCA Antech ( WOOF), up 2.4%, Infoblox ( BLOX), up 2.1% and Maximus ( MMS), up 1.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Education Management Corporation ( EDMC), down 3.5%, Geo Group ( GEO), down 2.9%, Amerco ( UHAL), down 0.8% and Fidelity National Information Services ( FIS), down 0.7%.

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

5. KBR ( KBR) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, KBR is up $0.26 (0.8%) to $30.81 on light volume. Thus far, 308,998 shares of KBR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.39-$30.92 after having opened the day at $30.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.55.

KBR, Inc. operates as an engineering, construction, and services company worldwide. KBR has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 2.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate KBR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates KBR as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full KBR Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Fiserv ( FISV) is up $0.58 (0.6%) to $102.05 on light volume. Thus far, 121,736 shares of Fiserv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 613,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $100.58-$102.09 after having opened the day at $101.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $101.47.

Fiserv, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides financial services technology worldwide. Fiserv has a market cap of $13.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 28.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Fiserv a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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, 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 Fiserv Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Mercadolibre ( MELI) is up $4.10 (3.3%) to $129.84 on average volume. Thus far, 266,752 shares of Mercadolibre exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 541,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $124.27-$130.00 after having opened the day at $125.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $125.73.

MercadoLibre, Inc. hosts online commerce platforms in Latin America. Its services are designed to provide users with mechanisms for buying, selling, paying, collecting, generating leads, and comparing listings through e-commerce transactions. Mercadolibre has a market cap of $5.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 60.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Mercadolibre a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mercadolibre 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Mercadolibre Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Western Union Company ( WU) is up $0.19 (1.0%) to $18.64 on light volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Western Union Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.40-$18.66 after having opened the day at $18.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.45.

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 $10.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 35.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Western Union Company a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 16 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, Alliance Data Systems Corporation ( ADS) is up $1.21 (0.6%) to $207.91 on light volume. Thus far, 126,712 shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 785,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $206.49-$208.04 after having opened the day at $207.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $206.70.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation provides marketing and loyalty solutions primarily in North America. The company operates in three segments: LoyaltyOne, Epsilon, and Private Label Services and Credit. Alliance Data Systems Corporation has a market cap of $10.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 42.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Alliance Data Systems Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alliance Data Systems Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share 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 Alliance Data Systems Corporation 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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