3 Stocks Moving The Diversified Services Industry Upward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 96 points (-0.6%) at 16,467 as of Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 828 issues advancing vs. 2,201 declining with 119 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits down 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), down 4.9%, Financial Engines ( FNGN), down 4.1%, AthenaHealth ( ATHN), down 3.6%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), down 2.6% and Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), down 2.5%.

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

3. Graham Holdings ( GHC) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Graham Holdings is up $12.39 (1.8%) to $698.14 on average volume. Thus far, 9,405 shares of Graham Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $683.10-$698.14 after having opened the day at $683.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $685.75.

Graham Holdings Company, through its subsidiaries, operates as a diversified education and media company worldwide. It operates in three segments: Kaplan Higher Education (KHE), Kaplan Test Preparation (KTP), and Kaplan International. Graham Holdings has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 3.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Graham Holdings 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. 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 Graham Holdings Ratings Report now.

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