3 Diversified Services Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 38 points (0.2%) at 16,236 as of Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,761 issues advancing vs. 1,149 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include ICF International ( ICFI), up 21.4%, Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), up 3.4%, AECOM Technology Corporation ( ACM), up 2.6%, Vantiv ( VNTV), up 2.4% and SBA Communications ( SBAC), up 2.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Quad/Graphics ( QUAD), down 9.8%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), down 5.0% and Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), down 2.7%.

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

3. United Rentals ( URI) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, United Rentals is up $1.03 (1.2%) to $87.24 on average volume. Thus far, 675,036 shares of United Rentals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $86.07-$87.50 after having opened the day at $86.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.21.

United Rentals, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an equipment rental company. It operates in two segments, General Rentals; and Trench Safety, Power and HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning). United Rentals has a market cap of $8.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 10.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate United Rentals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Rentals as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth 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 United Rentals Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ) is up $0.58 (2.1%) to $28.64 on average volume. Thus far, 5.2 million shares of Hertz Global Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.00-$28.93 after having opened the day at $28.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.06.

Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, offers 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 $12.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 2.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who 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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1. As of noon trading, MasterCard Incorporated ( MA) is up $0.48 (0.6%) to $77.84 on light volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.00-$78.01 after having opened the day at $77.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.36.

MasterCard Incorporated provides transaction processing and other payment-related services in the United States and internationally. It facilitates the processing of payment transactions, including authorization, clearing, and settlement, as well as delivers related products and services. MasterCard Incorporated has a market cap of $87.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 7.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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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