Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Diversified Services Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 13 points (0.1%) at 18,298 as of Thursday, May 21, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,736 issues advancing vs. 1,249 declining with 166 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Tarena International ( TEDU), up 8.3%, eLong ( LONG), up 7.3%, Financial Engines ( FNGN), up 4.4%, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company ( HMHC), up 2.7% and Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include China Distance Education Holdings ( DL), down 8.7%, Moody's Corporation ( MCO), down 0.9%, SBA Communications ( SBAC), down 0.7% and Computer ( CSC), down 0.5%.

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

3. Mercadolibre ( MELI) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Mercadolibre is up $2.29 (1.6%) to $149.39 on light volume. Thus far, 112,134 shares of Mercadolibre exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 477,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $146.93-$149.77 after having opened the day at $147.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $147.10.

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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 $6.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 14.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Mercadolibre a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mercadolibre as a hold. 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 and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, premium valuation and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Mercadolibre Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Verisk Analytics ( VRSK) is up $0.40 (0.6%) to $73.53 on average volume. Thus far, 731,613 shares of Verisk Analytics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.01-$73.59 after having opened the day at $73.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.13.

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Verisk Analytics, Inc. provides information about risk to professionals in insurance, healthcare, financial services, government, supply chain, and risk management in the United States and internationally. Verisk Analytics has a market cap of $11.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 14.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Verisk Analytics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Verisk Analytics as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Verisk Analytics Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, United Rentals ( URI) is up $2.25 (2.2%) to $105.50 on light volume. Thus far, 633,923 shares of United Rentals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $103.01-$105.74 after having opened the day at $103.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $103.25.

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United Rentals, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an equipment rental company. It operates in two segments, General Rentals; and Trench Safety, Power and HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning), and Pump Solutions. United Rentals has a market cap of $9.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 1.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate United Rentals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Rentals as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full United Rentals 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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