All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) trading up 89 points (0.6%) at 15,077 as of Friday, July 5, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,417 issues advancing vs. 1,574 declining with 76 unchanged.The Services sector currently sits up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include Avis Budget Group (CAR), up 6.3%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I (EDU), up 5.1%, Hertz Global Holdings (HTZ), up 3.3%, Delta Air Lines (DAL), up 3.0% and MGM Resorts International (MGM), up 3.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include 51job (JOBS), down 5.7%, LATAM Airlines Group S.A (LFL), down 2.6% and Cencosud (CNCO), down 2.1%.TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector higher today:5. Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Costco Wholesale Corporation is up $0.65 (0.6%) to $111.56 on light volume. Thus far, 499,353 shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $110.71-$112.31 after having opened the day at $112.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $110.91. Costco Wholesale Corporation engages in the operation of membership warehouses. The company offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. Costco Wholesale Corporation has a market cap of $48.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 12.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Costco Wholesale Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.TheStreet Ratings rates Costco Wholesale Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Costco Wholesale Corporation Ratings Report now.3x UPSIDE POTENTIAL: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more.
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