Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our modelAll three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) trading up 0 points (0.0%) at 12,985 as of Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,816 issues advancing vs. 1,058 declining with 142 unchanged.The Services sector currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.0%. Top gainers within the sector include New Oriental Education & Technology Group I (EDU), up 4.4%, Delhaize Group (DEG), up 4.1%, IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI), up 3.5%, Marriott International (MAR), up 2.6% and Charter Communications (CHTR), up 2.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Liquidity Service (LQDT), down 18.0%, Kohl's (KSS), down 7.9%, Tiffany (TIF), down 7.0%, Advance Auto Parts (AAP), down 6.0% and Pier 1 Imports (PIR), down 4.4%.TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector higher today:5. Kroger (KR) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Kroger is up $0.83 (3.3%) to $25.89 on heavy volume Thus far, 6.1 million shares of Kroger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.76-$26.12 after having opened the day at $26.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.06. The Kroger Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer in the United States. The company also manufactures and processes food for sale in its supermarkets. Kroger has a market cap of $13.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Kroger a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.TheStreet Ratings rates Kroger as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 Kroger Ratings Report now.Holiday Special: Subscribe to Action Alerts PLUS to see how Jim Cramer trades his $2.5 Million+ portfolio for 51% off the list price. Your first 14-days are FREE: Sign up today to get e-mail alerts before every trade
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