4 Diversified Services Stocks Driving The Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 22 points (-0.1%) at 16,065 as of Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,030 issues advancing vs. 1,883 declining with 116 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include AthenaHealth ( ATHN), up 3.2%, Fiserv ( FISV), up 1.1%, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), up 1.0% and Moody's Corporation ( MCO), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Myriad Genetics ( MYGN), down 14.4%, Zillow ( Z), down 5.5%, Alliance Data Systems Corporation ( ADS), down 1.4% and Priceline.com ( PCLN), down 0.8%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I is up $0.81 (2.7%) to $30.50 on average volume. Thus far, 673,567 shares of New Oriental Education & Technology Group I exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.88-$31.48 after having opened the day at $29.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.69.

New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. provides private educational services primarily in the People's Republic of China (PRC). New Oriental Education & Technology Group I has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 52.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate New Oriental Education & Technology Group I a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates New Oriental Education & Technology Group I 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins 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 New Oriental Education & Technology Group I Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, McGraw Hill Financial ( MHFI) is up $1.03 (1.4%) to $75.53 on light volume. Thus far, 430,557 shares of McGraw Hill Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.24-$75.54 after having opened the day at $74.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.50.

McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., a financial intelligence company, provides credit ratings, benchmarks, and analytics to capital and commodity markets worldwide. McGraw Hill Financial has a market cap of $20.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 36.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate McGraw Hill Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McGraw Hill Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full McGraw Hill Financial Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, United Rentals ( URI) is up $1.51 (2.2%) to $70.24 on light volume. Thus far, 569,378 shares of United Rentals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.80-$70.86 after having opened the day at $69.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.73.

United Rentals, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an equipment rental company. It offers approximately 3,300 classes of equipment for rent to customers comprising construction and industrial companies, manufacturers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners, and government entities. United Rentals has a market cap of $6.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 51.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate United Rentals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Rentals as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. 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 United Rentals Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Visa ( V) is up $1.51 (0.7%) to $204.97 on light volume. Thus far, 841,020 shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $204.10-$205.22 after having opened the day at $204.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $203.46.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, engages in the operation of retail electronic payments network worldwide. It facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. Visa has a market cap of $103.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 34.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa 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, good cash flow from operations 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 Visa Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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