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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2. As of noon trading, McGraw Hill Financial ( MHFI) is up $0.43 (0.5%) to $79.39 on average volume. Thus far, 646,022 shares of McGraw Hill Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.12-$79.47 after having opened the day at $79.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.96.

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McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., a financial intelligence company, provides credit ratings, benchmarks, and analytics to capital and commodity markets worldwide. McGraw Hill Financial has a market cap of $21.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 1.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate McGraw Hill Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McGraw Hill Financial 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, revenue growth, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. 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 McGraw Hill Financial Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, United Rentals ( URI) is up $1.13 (1.0%) to $111.98 on light volume. Thus far, 464,745 shares of United Rentals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $111.17-$112.09 after having opened the day at $111.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $110.85.

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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 $10.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 42.2% 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 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Rentals as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income 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 United Rentals 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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