Diversified Services Stocks On The Rise With Help From 3 Stocks

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 67 points (-0.4%) at 17,031 as of Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,211 issues advancing vs. 1,801 declining with 159 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Shutterstock ( SSTK), up 4.4%, CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 1.6% and Priceline Group ( PCLN), up 0.7%.

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

3. McGraw Hill Financial ( MHFI) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, McGraw Hill Financial is up $0.60 (0.7%) to $81.73 on average volume. Thus far, 468,830 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 $81.17-$82.07 after having opened the day at $81.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.13.

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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 $22.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 3.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full McGraw Hill Financial Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, YY ( YY) is up $1.45 (1.7%) to $86.34 on average volume. Thus far, 579,476 shares of YY exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $85.11-$86.59 after having opened the day at $85.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.89.

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YY Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates an online social platform in the People's Republic of China. YY has a market cap of $4.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 68.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate YY a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates YY as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including premium valuation and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full YY Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Visa ( V) is up $1.58 (0.8%) to $214.10 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $212.71-$214.97 after having opened the day at $213.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $212.52.

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Visa Inc., a payments technology company, operates as a retail electronic payments network worldwide. The company facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. Visa has a market cap of $105.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 18 analysts who rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa 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, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Visa 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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