3 Diversified Services Stocks Pushing The Industry Higher

All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 43 points (-0.2%) at 17,678 as of Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,064 issues advancing vs. 1,854 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Diversified Services industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Total System Services ( TSS), down 1.2%, and Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), down 1.0%.

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

3. H&R Block ( HRB) is one of the companies pushing the Diversified Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, H&R Block is up $0.27 (0.8%) to $33.77 on light volume. Thus far, 512,649 shares of H&R Block exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.43-$33.85 after having opened the day at $33.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.50.

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H&R Block, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides tax preparation, banking, and other services to the general public primarily in the United States, Canada, and Australia. H&R Block has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 0.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate H&R Block a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates H&R Block as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its generally strong cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full H&R Block Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Weight Watchers International ( WTW) is up $3.52 (18.2%) to $22.89 on heavy volume. Thus far, 9.4 million shares of Weight Watchers International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.63-$22.94 after having opened the day at $20.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.37.

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Weight Watchers International, Inc. provides weight management services worldwide. The company operates through North America, United Kingdom, Continental Europe, and Other segments. Weight Watchers International has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 22.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Weight Watchers International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weight Watchers International as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Weight Watchers International Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, McGraw Hill Financial ( MHFI) is up $0.96 (1.0%) to $100.96 on light volume. Thus far, 371,217 shares of McGraw Hill Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $99.23-$100.98 after having opened the day at $99.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $100.00.

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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 $26.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 12.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 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 solid stock price performance, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. 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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