5 Stocks Advancing The Diversified Services Industry

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 14 points (-0.1%) at 15,098 as of Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,393 issues advancing vs. 1,555 declining with 92 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include National Technical Systems ( NTSC), up 37.7%, Quad/Graphics ( QUAD), up 4.7%, Zillow ( Z), up 3.6%, URS Corporation ( URS), up 2.3% and Booz Allen Hamilton ( BAH), up 1.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include eLong ( LONG), down 6.0%, and Mercadolibre ( MELI), down 0.7%.

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

5. Robert Half International ( RHI) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Robert Half International is up $0.30 (0.8%) to $37.98 on light volume. Thus far, 290,646 shares of Robert Half International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.53-$38.06 after having opened the day at $37.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.68.

Robert Half International Inc. provides staffing and risk consulting services in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Robert Half International has a market cap of $5.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 18.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Robert Half International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Robert Half International 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, reasonable valuation levels and solid stock price performance. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Robert Half International Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Computer Sciences Corporation ( CSC) is up $0.35 (0.7%) to $51.65 on light volume. Thus far, 366,887 shares of Computer Sciences Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.09-$52.14 after having opened the day at $51.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.30.

Computer Sciences Corporation provides information technology (IT) and professional services to governments and commercial enterprises. Computer Sciences Corporation has a market cap of $7.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 28.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Computer Sciences Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Computer Sciences Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Computer Sciences Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Moody's Corporation ( MCO) is up $0.37 (0.6%) to $64.47 on average volume. Thus far, 557,797 shares of Moody's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.87-$65.31 after having opened the day at $64.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.10.

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 $14.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 27.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 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 Moody's Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, MasterCard Incorporated ( MA) is up $3.31 (0.5%) to $622.05 on light volume. Thus far, 228,957 shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 685,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $616.44-$624.23 after having opened the day at $618.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $618.74.

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 $73.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 25.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Priceline.com ( PCLN) is up $5.79 (0.6%) to $944.58 on average volume. Thus far, 412,054 shares of Priceline.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 745,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $937.01-$949.00 after having opened the day at $940.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $938.79.

priceline.com Incorporated operates as a online travel company. Priceline.com has a market cap of $48.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 51.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Priceline.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Priceline.com 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Priceline.com 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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