5 Stocks Moving The Diversified Services Industry Upward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 15 points (0.1%) at 16,035 as of Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,480 issues advancing vs. 1,397 declining with 175 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Graham Holdings ( GHC), down 2.2%, Washington Post Company ( WPO), down 2.2%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), down 1.8%, Verisk Analytics ( VRSK), down 1.2% and Fiserv ( FISV), down 0.7%.

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

5. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers ( RBA) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers is up $0.85 (4.2%) to $21.14 on average volume. Thus far, 293,694 shares of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 679,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.40-$21.29 after having opened the day at $20.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.29.

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated operates as an auctioneer of industrial equipment. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Robert Half International ( RHI) is up $0.61 (1.6%) to $39.93 on average volume. Thus far, 366,095 shares of Robert Half International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 844,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.50-$40.13 after having opened the day at $39.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.32.

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 $5.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Robert Half International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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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3. As of noon trading, Mercadolibre ( MELI) is up $1.93 (1.8%) to $108.01 on light volume. Thus far, 202,299 shares of Mercadolibre exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 566,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $105.38-$108.60 after having opened the day at $105.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $106.08.

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 $4.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 35.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Mercadolibre a buy, 2 analysts rate 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, good cash flow from operations 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 Mercadolibre Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, United Rentals ( URI) is up $1.20 (1.7%) to $71.17 on average volume. Thus far, 902,793 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 $69.75-$71.88 after having opened the day at $69.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.97.

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 25.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 53.7% 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, MasterCard Incorporated ( MA) is up $7.16 (0.9%) to $765.63 on light volume. Thus far, 166,632 shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 522,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $761.05-$766.48 after having opened the day at $762.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $758.47.

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 $87.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 54.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate MasterCard Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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, increase 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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