3 Diversified Services Stocks Pushing Industry Growth

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 40 points (0.2%) at 17,108 as of Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,478 issues advancing vs. 1,497 declining with 182 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. A company within the industry that increased today was McGraw Hill Financial ( MHFI), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include AerCap Holdings ( AER), down 3.6%, Zillow ( Z), down 2.6%, Priceline Group ( PCLN), down 1.0% and Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), down 0.6%.

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

3. Fiserv ( FISV) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Fiserv is up $0.49 (0.8%) to $65.14 on light volume. Thus far, 280,520 shares of Fiserv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 892,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.70-$65.15 after having opened the day at $64.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.65.

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Fiserv, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides financial services technology worldwide. Fiserv has a market cap of $16.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 9.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Fiserv a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fiserv as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Fiserv Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Mercadolibre ( MELI) is up $2.47 (2.1%) to $117.80 on heavy volume. Thus far, 431,876 shares of Mercadolibre exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 523,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $115.58-$117.87 after having opened the day at $116.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $115.33.

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MercadoLibre, Inc. hosts online commerce platforms in Latin America. It offers MercadoLibre Marketplace, an automated online e-commerce service for businesses and individuals to list items and conduct their sales and purchases online in a fixed-price or auction-based format. Mercadolibre has a market cap of $5.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 7.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Mercadolibre a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mercadolibre as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Mercadolibre Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Paychex ( PAYX) is up $0.24 (0.6%) to $42.14 on light volume. Thus far, 616,697 shares of Paychex exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.93-$42.26 after having opened the day at $41.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.90.

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Paychex, Inc. provides payroll, human resource, insurance, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small to medium-sized businesses in the United States and Germany. Paychex has a market cap of $15.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 8.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Paychex a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Paychex as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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 Paychex 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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