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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4. As of noon trading, Jacobs Engineering Group ( JEC) is up $0.38 (0.6%) to $61.50 on light volume. Thus far, 102,574 shares of Jacobs Engineering Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 793,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.10-$61.58 after having opened the day at $61.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.12.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. provides technical, professional, and construction services to various industrial, commercial, and governmental clients worldwide. Jacobs Engineering Group has a market cap of $8.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 43.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Jacobs Engineering Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Jacobs Engineering Group 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, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share 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 Jacobs Engineering Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Computer Sciences Corporation ( CSC) is up $0.29 (0.5%) to $55.21 on light volume. Thus far, 143,980 shares of Computer Sciences Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.79-$55.40 after having opened the day at $55.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.92.

Computer Sciences Corporation provides information technology (IT) and professional services and solutions in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Computer Sciences Corporation has a market cap of $8.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 36.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Computer Sciences Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Computer Sciences Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full Computer Sciences Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, ManpowerGroup ( MAN) is up $0.76 (0.9%) to $86.36 on light volume. Thus far, 91,826 shares of ManpowerGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 689,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $85.55-$86.44 after having opened the day at $85.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.60.

ManpowerGroup Inc. provides workforce solutions and services. ManpowerGroup has a market cap of $6.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 101.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA) is up $1.47 (1.6%) to $94.83 on light volume. Thus far, 313,484 shares of Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $93.06-$94.99 after having opened the day at $93.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.36.

Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. operates specialty retail stores in the United States. Its stores offer cosmetics, fragrance, haircare, and skincare products, as well as related accessories and services. Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 5.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances 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, expanding profit margins, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances 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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