3 Stocks Raising The Diversified Services Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 8 points (0.0%) at 17,140 as of Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,738 issues advancing vs. 1,242 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include MasterCard ( MA), down 1.2%, and Visa ( V), down 0.9%.

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

3. Western Union ( WU) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Western Union is up $0.22 (1.3%) to $16.95 on average volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Western Union exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.64-$17.05 after having opened the day at $16.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.73.

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The Western Union Company provides money movement and payment services worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Consumer-to-Consumer, Consumer-to-Business, and Business Solutions. The Consumer-to-Consumer segment offers cash money transfer services involving walk-in agent locations. Western Union has a market cap of $8.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Western Union a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Western Union as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Western Union Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Avis Budget Group ( CAR) is up $0.97 (1.6%) to $63.63 on average volume. Thus far, 541,976 shares of Avis Budget Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.86-$64.64 after having opened the day at $62.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.66.

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Avis Budget Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides car and truck rentals, car sharing, and ancillary services to businesses and consumers worldwide. The company has three segments: North America, International, and Truck Rental. Avis Budget Group has a market cap of $6.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 55.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Avis Budget Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Avis Budget Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. 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 Avis Budget Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA) is up $4.10 (3.5%) to $120.25 on heavy volume. Thus far, 985,405 shares of Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 892,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $116.08-$120.57 after having opened the day at $116.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $116.15.

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ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. operates specialty retail stores in the United States. Its stores offer an assortment of branded and private label beauty products in cosmetics, fragrance, haircare, skincare, bath and body products, and salon styling tools. Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances has a market cap of $7.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 20.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances 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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