5 Stocks Moving The Diversified Services Industry Upward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 81 points (-0.5%) at 15,762 as of Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,157 issues advancing vs. 1,771 declining with 147 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. A company within the industry that increased today was Western Union Company ( WU), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Visa ( V), down 0.9%, and MasterCard Incorporated ( MA), down 0.6%.

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

5. TAL Education Group ( XRS) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, TAL Education Group is up $0.82 (4.3%) to $19.72 on light volume. Thus far, 128,662 shares of TAL Education Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 361,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.90-$19.75 after having opened the day at $18.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.90.

TAL Education Group, together with its subsidiaries, provides K-12 after-school tutoring services under the Xueersi brand name in China. TAL Education Group has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 96.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate TAL Education Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TAL Education Group 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 TAL Education Group Ratings Report now.

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