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5 Services Stocks On The Rise

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) trading down 53 points (-0.3%) at 16,478 as of Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,242 issues advancing vs. 1,672 declining with 178 unchanged.

The Services sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Apollo Education Group (APOL), up 12.8%, Pandora Media (P), up 5.0%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I (EDU), up 4.0%, Delta Air Lines (DAL), up 2.8% and Walgreen Company (WAG), up 2.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Ctrip.com International (CTRP), down 3.5%, Luxottica Group (LUX), down 2.9%, Michael Kors Holdings (KORS), down 2.5%, Canadian National Railway (CNI), down 2.4% and Kohl's (KSS), down 2.3%.

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

5. Panera Bread Company (PNRA) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Panera Bread Company is up $6.50 (3.7%) to $180.63 on heavy volume. Thus far, 551,225 shares of Panera Bread Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 591,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $178.09-$180.96 after having opened the day at $178.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $174.13.

Panera Bread Company, together with its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and franchises retail bakery-cafes in the United States and Canada. The company operates three business segments: Bakery-Cafe Operations, Franchise Operations, and Fresh Dough and Other Product Operations. Panera Bread Company has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Panera Bread Company a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Panera Bread Company 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, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Panera Bread Company Ratings Report now.

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