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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 10 points (0.1%) at 14,085 as of Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, 12:04 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,607 issues advancing vs. 1,243 declining with 160 unchanged.

The Services sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Limited Brands ( LTD), up 3.5%, Luxottica Group ( LUX), up 2.1%, Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), up 2.4%, Canadian National Railway ( CNI), up 1.5% and Expeditors International of Washington ( EXPD), up 1.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include J.C. Penney ( JCP), down 15.7%, Cablevision Systems ( CVC), down 10.2%, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), down 5.5%, Pandora Media ( P), down 5.3% and Kohl's ( KSS), down 1.7%.

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

5. Norfolk Southern Corporation ( NSC) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Norfolk Southern Corporation is up $0.62 (0.8%) to $73.32 on light volume Thus far, 888,761 shares of Norfolk Southern Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.62-$73.49 after having opened the day at $72.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.70.

Norfolk Southern Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products, and finished goods primarily in the United States. Norfolk Southern Corporation has a market cap of $22.4 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Norfolk Southern Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Norfolk Southern Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Norfolk Southern Corporation Ratings Report now.

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