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5 Stocks Boosting 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

Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) trading up 4 points (0.0%) at 14,823 as of Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,672 issues advancing vs. 1,218 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Texas Roadhouse (TXRH), up 12.5%, Wesco Aircraft Holdings (WAIR), up 11.8%, Best Buy (BBY), up 8.1%, Macquarie Infrastructure Company (MIC), up 6.4% and Sirius XM Radio (SIRI), up 3.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Qiagen (QGEN), down 4.11, Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC), down 2.25, DISH Network (DISH), down 1.92, J.B. Hunt Transport Services (JBHT), down 1.81 and Charter Communications (CHTR), down 1.46.

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

5. Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Melco Crown Entertainment is up $0.55 (2.27) to $24.75 on average volume Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Melco Crown Entertainment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.02-$24.93 after having opened the day at $24.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.20.

Melco Crown Entertainment Limited, through its subsidiaries, develops, owns, and operates casino gaming and entertainment resort facilities in Macau. Melco Crown Entertainment has a market cap of $13.4 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 44.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Melco Crown Entertainment as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Melco Crown Entertainment Ratings Report now.

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