3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Diversified Services Industry

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 68 points (-0.4%) at 17,105 as of Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,162 issues advancing vs. 1,797 declining with 186 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 1.3%, and Priceline Group ( PCLN), up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Vantiv ( VNTV), down 1.3%, Verisk Analytics ( VRSK), down 0.9%, Thomson Reuters ( TRI), down 0.7% and Cintas ( CTAS), down 0.7%.

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

3. ManpowerGroup ( MAN) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, ManpowerGroup is up $0.56 (0.8%) to $74.44 on light volume. Thus far, 217,007 shares of ManpowerGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 608,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.26-$74.46 after having opened the day at $73.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.88.

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ManpowerGroup Inc. provides workforce solutions and services in the Americas, Southern Europe, Northern Europe, and the Asia Pacific Middle East region. ManpowerGroup has a market cap of $6.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 13.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate ManpowerGroup a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ManpowerGroup as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full ManpowerGroup Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, SBA Communications ( SBAC) is up $0.84 (0.8%) to $110.50 on light volume. Thus far, 310,988 shares of SBA Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $109.24-$110.95 after having opened the day at $109.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $109.66.

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SBA Communications Corporation owns and operates wireless communications tower structures, rooftops, and other structures that support antennas used for wireless communications in the United States and its territories, as well as in Canada, Central America, and South America. SBA Communications has a market cap of $14.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 22.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate SBA Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SBA Communications as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and robust revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. Get the full SBA Communications Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Alliance Data Systems ( ADS) is up $3.69 (1.5%) to $245.17 on average volume. Thus far, 383,692 shares of Alliance Data Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 569,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $241.24-$245.38 after having opened the day at $241.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $241.48.

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Alliance Data Systems Corporation provides marketing and loyalty solutions in the United States, Canada, and other countries. Alliance Data Systems has a market cap of $13.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 8.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Alliance Data Systems a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alliance Data Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. 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 Alliance Data Systems 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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