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 119 points (0.7%) at 16,493 as of Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,941 issues advancing vs. 990 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include Robert Half International ( RHI), up 4.4%, Total System Services ( TSS), up 1.6%, Jacobs Engineering Group ( JEC), up 1.4%, SBA Communications ( SBAC), up 0.8% and Visa ( V), up 0.6%. A company within the industry that fell today was Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), up 5.0%.

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

5. Verisk Analytics ( VRSK) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Verisk Analytics is up $0.55 (0.9%) to $63.55 on heavy volume. Thus far, 657,069 shares of Verisk Analytics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 817,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.94-$63.88 after having opened the day at $63.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.00.

Verisk Analytics, Inc. provides proprietary data, analytics methods, and embedded decision support solutions for detecting fraud in property and casualty (P&C) insurance, financial, and healthcare industries primarily in the United States. Verisk Analytics has a market cap of $10.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Verisk Analytics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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

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4. As of noon trading, ManpowerGroup ( MAN) is up $1.59 (1.9%) to $86.49 on average volume. Thus far, 323,486 shares of ManpowerGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 641,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.85-$86.85 after having opened the day at $85.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.90.

ManpowerGroup Inc. provides workforce solutions and services. ManpowerGroup has a market cap of $6.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who 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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3. As of noon trading, KBR ( KBR) is up $2.17 (6.8%) to $33.96 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.5 million shares of KBR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.28-$34.77 after having opened the day at $32.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.79.

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. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who 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 find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full KBR Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Vantiv ( VNTV) is up $0.85 (2.6%) to $33.31 on average volume. Thus far, 981,688 shares of Vantiv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.42-$33.42 after having opened the day at $32.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.46.

Vantiv, Inc. provides electronic integrated payment processing services in the United States. It operates in two segments, Merchant Services and Financial Institution Services. Vantiv has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Vantiv a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vantiv as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, 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 generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Vantiv Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, United Rentals ( URI) is up $2.09 (2.6%) to $80.91 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of United Rentals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.35-$80.93 after having opened the day at $79.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.82.

United Rentals, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an equipment rental company. It offers approximately 3,300 classes of equipment for rent to customers comprising construction and industrial companies, manufacturers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners, and government entities. United Rentals has a market cap of $7.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate United Rentals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Rentals as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. 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 United Rentals 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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