3 Stocks Boosting The Diversified Services Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 44 points (-0.3%) at 15,836 as of Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 751 issues advancing vs. 2,176 declining with 155 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits down 1.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. A company within the industry that fell today was Visa ( V), up 1.5%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. 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 $1.25 (3.1%) to $41.26 on heavy volume. Thus far, 912,786 shares of Robert Half International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 869,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.24-$41.47 after having opened the day at $40.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.01.

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. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Robert Half International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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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2. As of noon trading, H&R Block ( HRB) is up $0.76 (2.7%) to $28.84 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of H&R Block exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.19-$28.93 after having opened the day at $28.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.08.

H&R Block, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides tax preparation and related services to the general public in the United States, Canada, and Australia. H&R Block has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate H&R Block a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates H&R Block as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. 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 H&R Block Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, McGraw Hill Financial ( MHFI) is up $0.73 (1.0%) to $74.00 on average volume. Thus far, 473,780 shares of McGraw Hill Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.83-$74.18 after having opened the day at $73.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.27.

McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., a financial intelligence company, provides credit ratings, benchmarks, and analytics to capital and commodity markets worldwide. McGraw Hill Financial has a market cap of $20.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate McGraw Hill Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McGraw Hill Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full McGraw Hill Financial Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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