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5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) trading down 22 points (-0.1%) at 16,065 as of Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,030 issues advancing vs. 1,883 declining with 116 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Cabela's (CAB), up 5.8%, AthenaHealth (ATHN), up 3.2%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I (EDU), up 2.7%, CarMax (KMX), up 2.6% and eBay (EBAY), up 2.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Myriad Genetics (MYGN), down 14.4%, Zillow (Z), down 5.5%, Washington Post Company (WPO), down 4.7%, Urban Outfitters (URBN), down 3.0% and Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao (CBD), down 2.9%.

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

5. Gap (GPS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Gap is up $1.05 (2.6%) to $42.02 on average volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Gap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.24-$42.33 after having opened the day at $41.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.97.

The Gap, Inc. operates as an apparel retail company. It offers apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, children, and babies under the Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Piperlime, Athleta, and Intermix brands worldwide. Gap has a market cap of $19.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 31.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Gap a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gap as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Gap Ratings Report now.

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