3 Stocks Moving The Diversified Services Industry Upward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 45 points (0.3%) at 16,697 as of Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,017 issues advancing vs. 963 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), up 1.9%, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), up 1.8%, Avis Budget Group ( CAR), up 1.5% and Alliance Data Systems ( ADS), up 0.5%.

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

3. Moody's Corporation ( MCO) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Moody's Corporation is up $0.75 (0.8%) to $91.70 on average volume. Thus far, 330,839 shares of Moody's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 838,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $90.96-$91.84 after having opened the day at $91.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.95.

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Moody's Corporation provides credit ratings; and credit, capital markets, and economic related research, data, and analytical tools worldwide. Moody's Corporation has a market cap of $18.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 15.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Moody's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Moody's Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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 Moody's Corporation Ratings Report now.

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