3 Diversified Services Stocks On The Rise

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 115 points (0.7%) at 16,388 as of Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,987 issues advancing vs. 938 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the industry include SBA Communications ( SBAC), up 1.4%, MasterCard Incorporated ( MA), up 0.9% and Paychex ( PAYX), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include McGrath RentCorp ( MGRC), down 9.8%, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), down 2.0% and Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), down 1.5%.

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

3. Service Corporation International ( SCI) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Service Corporation International is up $0.54 (3.0%) to $18.66 on average volume. Thus far, 963,062 shares of Service Corporation International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.10-$18.87 after having opened the day at $18.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.12.

Service Corporation International provides deathcare products and services in North America and Germany. The company operates through two segments: Funeral and Cemetery. Service Corporation International has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 0.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Service Corporation International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Service Corporation International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 Service Corporation International Ratings Report now.

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