5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 29 points (-0.2%) at 13,063 as of Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, 1:04 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,300 issues advancing vs. 1,619 declining with 124 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Genesee & Wyoming ( GWR), up 3.4%, Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), up 3.1%, Jacobs Engineering Group ( JEC), up 2.0%, Western Union Company ( WU), up 1.8% and Ross Stores ( ROST), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Time Warner Cable ( TWC), down 6.5%, Liberty Global ( LBTYK), down 4.5%, McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated ( MHP), down 4.7%, Moody's Corporation ( MCO), down 3.6% and Charter Communications ( CHTR), down 3.2%.

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

5. Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Sears Holdings Corporation is up $1.09 (1.7%) to $65.03 on light volume Thus far, 780,759 shares of Sears Holdings Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.92-$66.80 after having opened the day at $63.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.94.

Sears Holdings Corporation operates as a specialty retailer in the United States and Canada. The company's Kmart segment operates stores that sell merchandise under Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer labels; and Sears brand products, such as Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard. Sears Holdings Corporation has a market cap of $6.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of -2.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 103.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Sears Holdings Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sears Holdings Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, generally high debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Sears Holdings Corporation Ratings Report now.

4. As of noon trading, United Continental Holdings ( UAL) is up $0.34 (1.7%) to $20.07 on light volume Thus far, 1.7 million shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.67-$20.25 after having opened the day at $19.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.73.

United Continental Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the provision of passenger and cargo air transportation services. United Continental Holdings has a market cap of $6.5 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of -30.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate United Continental Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Continental Holdings as a hold. The company's strongest point has been its a solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have looked at. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full United Continental Holdings Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide ( HOT) is up $0.69 (1.3%) to $52.26 on average volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.36-$52.34 after having opened the day at $51.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.57.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. operates as a hotel and leisure company worldwide. The company operates luxury and upscale full service hotels, select-service hotels, extended stay hotels, resorts, retreats, and residences under St. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has a market cap of $10.1 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, Norfolk Southern Corporation ( NSC) is up $0.45 (0.7%) to $61.58 on light volume Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Norfolk Southern Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.71-$62.02 after having opened the day at $61.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.13.

Norfolk Southern Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products, and finished goods primarily in the United States. Norfolk Southern Corporation has a market cap of $19.5 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 16.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Norfolk Southern Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Norfolk Southern Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Norfolk Southern Corporation Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, CBS Corporation ( CBS) is up $0.80 (2.4%) to $34.02 on light volume Thus far, 3.6 million shares of CBS Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.79-$34.34 after having opened the day at $33.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.21.

CBS Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a mass media company in the United States and internationally. CBS Corporation has a market cap of $20.0 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate CBS Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

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

If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the services sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services ( IYC) while those bearish on the services sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers ( SCC).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: 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.

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