3 Stocks Advancing The Diversified Services Industry

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 78 points (0.5%) at 16,105 as of Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,755 issues advancing vs. 1,149 declining with 181 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Corrections Corporation of America ( CXW), up 3.9%, Western Union Company ( WU), up 0.9%, SBA Communications ( SBAC), up 0.8% and Visa ( V), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Zillow ( Z), down 6.7%, and 51job ( JOBS), down 3.4%.

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

3. Vantiv ( VNTV) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Vantiv is up $0.62 (2.1%) to $30.62 on light volume. Thus far, 546,311 shares of Vantiv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.48-$30.69 after having opened the day at $30.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.99.

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 $4.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 5.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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2. As of noon trading, H&R Block ( HRB) is up $0.28 (0.9%) to $31.01 on light volume. Thus far, 435,177 shares of H&R Block exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.50-$31.01 after having opened the day at $30.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.73.

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 $8.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 increase in net income, solid stock price performance, 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, MasterCard Incorporated ( MA) is up $0.39 (0.5%) to $76.92 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.48-$76.94 after having opened the day at $76.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.53.

MasterCard Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, provides transaction processing and other payment-related services in the United States and internationally. MasterCard Incorporated has a market cap of $88.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 8.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 17 analysts who rate MasterCard Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MasterCard Incorporated as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full MasterCard Incorporated 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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