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5 Services Stocks Nudging The Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) trading down 30 points (-0.2%) at 15,264 as of Friday, May 24, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 947 issues advancing vs. 1,953 declining with 121 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.24 versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.46. Top gainers within the sector include Infoblox (BLOX), up 13.1%, Ryanair Holdings (RYAAY), up 2.1%, Alliance Data Systems Corporation (ADS), up 1.9%, CVS Caremark (CVS), up 1.2% and Visa (V), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Sears Holdings Corporation (SHLD), down 14.77, Grupo Televisa S.A (TV), down 2.60, LATAM Airlines Group S.A (LFL), down 1.79, Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao (CBD), down 1.59 and Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), down 1.57.

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

5. Liberty Media Corporation (LMCA) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Liberty Media Corporation is up $14.57 (13.27) to $124.40 on average volume Thus far, 173,481 shares of Liberty Media Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 425,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $122.44-$124.70 after having opened the day at $122.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $109.83.

Liberty Media Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in media, communications, and entertainment businesses primarily in North America. Liberty Media Corporation has a market cap of $13.7 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 1.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Liberty Media Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Liberty Media Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Liberty Media Corporation Ratings Report now.

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