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5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Higher

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 model

All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) trading up 83 points (0.6%) at 13,218 as of Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,927 issues advancing vs. 999 declining with 148 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (WYN), up 2.6%, Liberty Media Corporation (LMCA), up 2.6%, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide (HOT), up 2.3%, Time Warner (TWX), up 2.1% and eBay (EBAY), up 2.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Cabela's (CAB), down 5.7%, and J.C. Penney (JCP), down 3.1%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

5. Time Warner Cable (TWC) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Time Warner Cable is up $1.23 (1.3%) to $95.30 on light volume Thus far, 567,887 shares of Time Warner Cable exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $94.17-$95.31 after having opened the day at $94.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.07.

Time Warner Cable Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a cable operator in the United States. It offers video, high-speed data, and voice services over its broadband cable systems to residential and business service customers. Time Warner Cable has a market cap of $28.3 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 48.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Time Warner Cable a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner Cable as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. 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 Time Warner Cable Ratings Report now.

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