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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4. As of noon trading, Financial Engines ( FNGN) is up $2.10 (3.3%) to $66.42 on average volume. Thus far, 145,900 shares of Financial Engines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 361,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.12-$66.68 after having opened the day at $64.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.32.

Financial Engines, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides independent, technology-enabled portfolio management services, investment advice, and retirement income services to participants in employer-sponsored defined contribution plans. Financial Engines has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 124.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 138.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Financial Engines a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Financial Engines 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, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. 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 Financial Engines Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Fiserv ( FISV) is up $0.99 (0.9%) to $111.38 on average volume. Thus far, 190,402 shares of Fiserv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 472,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $110.33-$111.51 after having opened the day at $110.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $110.39.

Fiserv, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides financial services technology worldwide. Fiserv has a market cap of $14.3 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 40.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Fiserv a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, 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 Fiserv Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, ManpowerGroup ( MAN) is up $0.98 (1.2%) to $81.99 on light volume. Thus far, 233,265 shares of ManpowerGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 665,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $80.94-$82.20 after having opened the day at $81.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.01.

ManpowerGroup Inc. provides workforce solutions and services. ManpowerGroup has a market cap of $6.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 90.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate ManpowerGroup a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ManpowerGroup as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full ManpowerGroup Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Tyco International ( TYC) is up $0.36 (1.0%) to $37.54 on light volume. Thus far, 907,435 shares of Tyco International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.12-$37.55 after having opened the day at $37.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.18.

Tyco International Ltd. provides security, fire detection, suppression, and life safety products and services worldwide. Tyco International has a market cap of $17.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 33.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Tyco International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tyco International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall. Get the full Tyco International 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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