5 Stocks Pushing The Diversified Services Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 15,897 as of Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,497 issues advancing vs. 1,411 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include Qiagen ( QGEN), up 2.2%, Shutterstock ( SSTK), up 1.6%, Zillow ( Z), up 1.5%, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), up 1.4% and Financial Engines ( FNGN), up 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include AerCap Holdings N.V ( AER), down 3.1%, Aaron's ( AAN), down 2.0%, Stantec ( STN), down 1.7%, Team Health Holdings ( TMH), down 1.6% and Air Lease ( AL), down 1.2%.

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

5. Paychex ( PAYX) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Paychex is up $0.23 (0.5%) to $43.13 on light volume. Thus far, 723,206 shares of Paychex exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.90-$43.35 after having opened the day at $43.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.90.

Paychex, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides payroll, human resource, insurance, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small to medium-sized businesses in the United States and Germany. Paychex has a market cap of $15.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 37.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Paychex a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Paychex as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. 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 Paychex Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Alliance Data Systems Corporation ( ADS) is up $1.89 (0.8%) to $250.01 on light volume. Thus far, 154,826 shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 466,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $247.64-$251.13 after having opened the day at $248.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $248.12.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation provides marketing and loyalty solutions primarily in North America. The company operates in three segments: LoyaltyOne, Epsilon, and Private Label Services and Credit. Alliance Data Systems Corporation has a market cap of $12.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Alliance Data Systems Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alliance Data Systems Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Alliance Data Systems Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, SBA Communications ( SBAC) is up $0.50 (0.6%) to $85.49 on light volume. Thus far, 290,061 shares of SBA Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.74-$85.73 after having opened the day at $85.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.99.

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 $11.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 20.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 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, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. Get the full SBA Communications Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, ADT Corporation ( ADT) is up $0.35 (0.9%) to $39.85 on light volume. Thus far, 907,186 shares of ADT Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.28-$39.95 after having opened the day at $39.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.50.

The ADT Corporation provides electronic security, interactive home and business automation, and related monitoring services under the ADT, ADT Pulse, and Companion Service brands to residential and small business customers in the United States and Canada. ADT Corporation has a market cap of $8.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 15.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate ADT Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ADT Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's net income has been quite unimpressive. Get the full ADT Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Western Union Company ( WU) is up $0.28 (1.7%) to $16.76 on light volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Western Union Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.69-$16.89 after having opened the day at $16.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.47.

The Western Union Company provides money movement and payment services worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Consumer-to-Consumer, Consumer-to-Business, and Business Solutions. The Consumer-to-Consumer segment offers cash money transfer services involving walk-in agent locations. Western Union Company has a market cap of $9.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Western Union Company a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Western Union Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Western Union Company 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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