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Looking to buy into the service sector? The following list of stocks represents the service industry companies seeing the highest level of institutional buying over the current quarter, making it a great place to start your own analysis…

To create this list of 18 stocks we took the largest 200 service sector companies by market cap and further analyzed for big money purchases of shares float exceeding 6%.

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Institutional investors seem to think these stocks are on their way up. Do you? Analyze the list below and judge for yourself.

List sorted in order of net institutional buying as a percentage of float.

1. Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK): Business Services Industry. Market cap at $5.79B. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 17.6M, which is equivalent to 29.91% of its 58.84M shares float.

2. O'Reilly Automotive Inc. (NASDAQ:ORLY): Auto Parts Stores Industry. Market cap at $8.30B. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 29.4M, which is equivalent to 22.08% of its 133.13M shares float.

3. Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HTZ): Rental & Leasing Services Industry. Market cap at $6.73B. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 32.7M, which is equivalent to 11.1% of its 294.53M shares float.

4. SIRIUS XM Radio Inc. (NASDAQ:SIRI): Broadcasting Industry. Market cap at $8.60B. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 429.0M, which is equivalent to 11.06% of its 3.88B shares float.

5. Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ:CTAS): Business Services Industry. Market cap at $4.65B. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 12.0M, which is equivalent to 9.55% of its 125.70M shares float.

6. Priceline.com Incorporated (NASDAQ:PCLN): General Entertainment Industry. Market cap at $25.74B. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 4.6M, which is equivalent to 9.35% of its 49.19M shares float.

7. Mercadolibre, Inc. (NASDAQ:MELI): Business Services Industry. Market cap at $3.88B. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 2.4M, which is equivalent to 8.83% of its 27.19M shares float.

8. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE:RCL): General Entertainment Industry. Market cap at $8.73B. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 11.5M, which is equivalent to 8.57% of its 134.13M shares float.

9. Virgin Media, Inc. (NASDAQ:VMED): CATV Systems Industry. Market cap at $10.22B. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 26.7M, which is equivalent to 8.52% of its 313.29M shares float.

10. Inergy, L.P. (NRGY): Specialty Retail Industry. Market cap at $4.43B. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 7.0M, which is equivalent to 7.48% of its 93.61M shares float.

11. Ctrip.com International Ltd. (NASDAQ:CTRP): Consumer Services Industry. Market cap at $6.22B. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 9.6M, which is equivalent to 7.23% of its 132.77M shares float.

12. BJ's Wholesale Club Inc. (NYSE:BJ): Discount, Variety Stores Industry. Market cap at $2.80B. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 3.4M, which is equivalent to 7.07% of its 48.07M shares float.

13. Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE:WTW): Personal Services Industry. Market cap at $5.96B. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 2.2M, which is equivalent to 6.97% of its 31.56M shares float.

14. AECOM Technology Corporation (NYSE:ACM): Technical Services Industry. Market cap at $3.31B. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 6.9M, which is equivalent to 6.7% of its 103.01M shares float.

15. Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI): Newspapers Industry. Market cap at $3.48B. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 15.3M, which is equivalent to 6.41% of its 238.79M shares float.

16. Dillard's Inc. (NYSE:DDS): Department Stores Industry. Market cap at $3.03B. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 2.0M, which is equivalent to 6.31% of its 31.71M shares float.

17. Tidewater Inc. (NYSE:TDW): Shipping Industry. Market cap at $2.94B. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 3.2M, which is equivalent to 6.29% of its 50.84M shares float.

18. Apollo Group Inc. (NASDAQ:APOL): Education & Training Services Industry. Market cap at $5.84B. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 7.3M, which is equivalent to 6.25% of its 116.73M shares float.

*Institutional data sourced from Fidelity, shares float sourced from Yahoo Finance.

Source: Top 18 Service Sector Stocks With Significant Institutional Buying