3 Diversified Services Stocks Driving The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 65 points (-0.4%) at 17,004 as of Monday, July 7, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 894 issues advancing vs. 2,148 declining with 116 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits down 1.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), down 3.3%, Apollo Education Group ( APOL), down 3.1%, Mercadolibre ( MELI), down 1.9%, ADT ( ADT), down 1.8% and Avis Budget Group ( CAR), down 1.8%.

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

3. URS ( URS) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, URS is up $1.50 (3.0%) to $52.22 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of URS exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 707,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.81-$52.34 after having opened the day at $51.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.72.

URS Corporation provides engineering, construction, and technical services to public agencies and private sector clients worldwide. URS has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 4.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate URS a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates URS as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full URS Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Vantiv ( VNTV) is up $0.37 (1.1%) to $34.05 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Vantiv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.61-$34.09 after having opened the day at $33.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.68.

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 $4.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 3.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Vantiv a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vantiv as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. 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 Vantiv Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Priceline Group ( PCLN) is up $6.30 (0.5%) to $1,249.42 on average volume. Thus far, 431,465 shares of Priceline Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 876,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $1,239.38-$1,264.50 after having opened the day at $1,242.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1,243.12.

The Priceline Group Inc. operates as an online travel company. Priceline Group has a market cap of $65.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 6.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 17 analysts who rate Priceline Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Priceline Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Priceline Group 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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