5 Stocks Advancing 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 20 points (0.1%) at 14,984 as of Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,794 issues advancing vs. 1,149 declining with 104 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Net 1 Ueps Technologies ( UEPS), up 43.5%, Zillow ( Z), up 3.6%, ExlService Holdings ( EXLS), up 3.8%, Quad/Graphics ( QUAD), up 3.4% and Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Tyco International ( TYC), down 1.2%, and H&R Block ( HRB), down 0.4%.

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

5. DeVry ( DV) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, DeVry is up $0.66 (2.3%) to $29.19 on light volume. Thus far, 100,091 shares of DeVry exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 527,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.45-$29.22 after having opened the day at $28.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.53.

DeVry Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides educational services worldwide. DeVry has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 20.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate DeVry a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DeVry as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full DeVry Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Verisk Analytics ( VRSK) is up $0.68 (1.1%) to $62.72 on light volume. Thus far, 219,703 shares of Verisk Analytics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 651,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.00-$62.74 after having opened the day at $62.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.03.

Verisk Analytics, Inc. provides proprietary data, analytics methods, and embedded decision support solutions for detecting fraud in property and casualty (P&C) insurance, financial, and healthcare industries primarily in the United States. Verisk Analytics has a market cap of $10.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 21.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Verisk Analytics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Verisk Analytics as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. 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 Verisk Analytics Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Fiserv ( FISV) is up $0.72 (0.7%) to $99.83 on light volume. Thus far, 214,135 shares of Fiserv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 602,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $99.24-$99.90 after having opened the day at $99.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $99.11.

Fiserv, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides financial services technology worldwide. Fiserv has a market cap of $12.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 24.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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2. As of noon trading, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA) is up $1.52 (1.5%) to $103.56 on light volume. Thus far, 196,233 shares of Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 860,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $101.13-$103.64 after having opened the day at $102.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $102.04.

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 $6.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 3.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, compelling growth in net income 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 Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, SBA Communications ( SBAC) is up $0.58 (0.8%) to $73.01 on light volume. Thus far, 253,717 shares of SBA Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.20-$73.11 after having opened the day at $72.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.43.

SBA Communications Corporation owns and operates wireless communications towers in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, and Brazil. SBA Communications has a market cap of $9.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 1.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate SBA Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SBA Communications as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full SBA Communications 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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