3 Diversified Services Stocks Driving The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 59 points (0.3%) at 18,083 as of Monday, May 4, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,918 issues advancing vs. 1,077 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the industry include Mercadolibre ( MELI), up 3.4%, WEX ( WEX), up 2.2%, Team Health Holdings ( TMH), up 1.8%, Avis Budget Group ( CAR), up 1.8% and AthenaHealth ( ATHN), up 1.7%. A company within the industry that fell today was CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 0.8%.

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 $1.09 (1.0%) to $108.31 on average volume. Thus far, 555,521 shares of Moody's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $107.13-$108.50 after having opened the day at $107.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $107.22.

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Moody's Corporation provides credit ratings; and credit, capital markets, and economic related research, data, and analytical tools worldwide. The company operates through Moody's Investors Service and Moody's Analytics segments. Moody's Corporation has a market cap of $21.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 11.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 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, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. 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 Moody's Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Alliance Data Systems ( ADS) is up $2.48 (0.8%) to $301.07 on light volume. Thus far, 159,504 shares of Alliance Data Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 471,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $297.37-$302.17 after having opened the day at $299.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $298.59.

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Alliance Data Systems Corporation provides marketing and loyalty solutions in the United States and internationally. The company operates through three segments: LoyaltyOne, Epsilon, and Private Label Services and Credit. Alliance Data Systems has a market cap of $18.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 4.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate Alliance Data Systems a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income 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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1. As of noon trading, McGraw Hill Financial ( MHFI) is up $1.33 (1.3%) to $105.55 on light volume. Thus far, 375,493 shares of McGraw Hill Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $104.10-$105.59 after having opened the day at $104.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $104.22.

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McGraw Hill Financial, Inc. provides benchmarks and ratings, analytics, data, and research services for the capital, commodities, and commercial markets worldwide. McGraw Hill Financial has a market cap of $28.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 17.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate McGraw Hill Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McGraw Hill Financial as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full McGraw Hill Financial 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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