Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Diversified Services Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 49 points (0.3%) at 16,344 as of Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,931 issues advancing vs. 985 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include TAL Education Group ( XRS), up 6.2%, Education Management Corporation ( EDMC), up 3.0%, Portfolio Recovery Associates ( PRAA), up 1.9%, Service Corporation International ( SCI), up 1.7% and URS Corporation ( URS), up 1.4%.

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

5. Robert Half International ( RHI) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Robert Half International is up $0.30 (0.7%) to $41.99 on light volume. Thus far, 181,117 shares of Robert Half International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 895,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.69-$42.25 after having opened the day at $41.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.69.

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 $5.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 31.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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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