5 Diversified Services Stocks Nudging The 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 14 points (0.1%) at 16,456 as of Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,718 issues advancing vs. 1,181 declining with 172 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include Team Health Holdings ( TMH), up 3.9%, Financial Engines ( FNGN), up 1.6%, Shutterstock ( SSTK), up 1.5%, Graham Holdings ( GHC), up 1.5% and Global Payments ( GPN), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Synnex Corporation ( SNX), down 3.9%, AerCap Holdings N.V ( AER), down 3.2%, DeVry Education Group ( DV), down 2.3%, Genpact ( G), down 1.6% and New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), down 1.4%.

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

5. KBR ( KBR) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, KBR is up $0.46 (1.5%) to $31.37 on light volume. Thus far, 437,780 shares of KBR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.98-$31.59 after having opened the day at $30.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.91.

KBR, Inc. operates as an engineering, construction, and services company worldwide. KBR has a market cap of $4.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 3.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate KBR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates KBR as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins. Get the full KBR Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Fidelity National Information Services ( FIS) is up $0.38 (0.7%) to $53.38 on light volume. Thus far, 269,086 shares of Fidelity National Information Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.87-$53.61 after having opened the day at $53.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.00.

Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. provides banking and payments technology solutions worldwide. The company offers financial institution core processing, card issuer, and transaction processing services, including the national electronic funds transfer network. Fidelity National Information Services has a market cap of $15.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 1.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Fidelity National Information Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fidelity National Information Services 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, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Fidelity National Information Services Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Avis Budget Group ( CAR) is up $0.55 (1.4%) to $41.00 on average volume. Thus far, 720,993 shares of Avis Budget Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.45-$41.49 after having opened the day at $40.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.45.

Avis Budget Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides car and truck rentals, and ancillary services to businesses and consumers worldwide. Avis Budget Group has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 0.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Avis Budget Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Avis Budget Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Avis Budget Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Alliance Data Systems Corporation ( ADS) is up $2.18 (0.8%) to $264.52 on light volume. Thus far, 159,696 shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 597,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $262.36-$265.01 after having opened the day at $263.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $262.34.

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 $12.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 0.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ) is up $0.44 (1.5%) to $29.12 on heavy volume. Thus far, 14.9 million shares of Hertz Global Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.51-$29.81 after having opened the day at $28.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.68.

Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the car and equipment rental businesses worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Car Rental and Equipment Rental. Hertz Global Holdings has a market cap of $12.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 0.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Hertz Global Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hertz Global Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Hertz Global Holdings 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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