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 27 points (-0.2%) at 12,904 as of Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,218 issues advancing vs. 1,656 declining with 135 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Monster Worldwide ( MWW), up 18.5%, Matson ( MATX), up 11.6%, AMC Networks ( AMCX), up 10.7%, Wendy's ( WEN), up 6.6% and Amerco ( UHAL), up 4.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Orient-Express Hotels ( OEH), down 10.8%, Whole Foods Market ( WFM), down 4.4%, Foot Locker ( FL), down 3.6%, Tim Hortons ( THI), down 3.0% and Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), down 2.3%.

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

5. Dillards ( DDS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Dillards is up $4.19 (5.2%) to $85.00 on heavy volume Thus far, 538,841 shares of Dillards exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 427,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.43-$86.71 after having opened the day at $85.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.81.

Dillard's, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as fashion apparel, cosmetics, and home furnishing retailer in the United States. The company offers fashion apparel for women, men, and children, as well as accessories and other consumer goods. Dillards has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 80.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Dillards a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dillards as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Dillards Ratings Report now.

4. As of noon trading, Liberty Global ( LBTYA) is up $0.66 (1.1%) to $58.35 on light volume Thus far, 231,842 shares of Liberty Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.80-$58.75 after having opened the day at $57.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.69.

Liberty Global, Inc. provides video, broadband Internet, and telephony services primarily in Europe and Chile. Liberty Global has a market cap of $8.4 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of -21.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 40.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Liberty Global a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Liberty Global as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Liberty Global Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, DISH Network ( DISH) is up $0.44 (1.2%) to $35.55 on average volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of DISH Network exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.73-$35.87 after having opened the day at $35.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.11.

DISH Network Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides direct broadcast satellite subscription television services in the United States. DISH Network has a market cap of $7.6 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate DISH Network a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DISH Network as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full DISH Network Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, O'Reilly Automotive ( ORLY) is up $0.95 (1.1%) to $89.32 on light volume Thus far, 555,528 shares of O'Reilly Automotive exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.50-$89.79 after having opened the day at $88.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.37.

O'Reilly Automotive, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the retail of automotive aftermarket parts, tools, supplies, equipment, and accessories in the United States. O'Reilly Automotive has a market cap of $10.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate O'Reilly Automotive a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates O'Reilly Automotive as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full O'Reilly Automotive Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, Bed Bath & Beyond ( BBBY) is up $0.46 (0.8%) to $58.38 on average volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Bed Bath & Beyond exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.77-$58.68 after having opened the day at $57.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.92.

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates a chain of retail stores. Bed Bath & Beyond has a market cap of $13.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Bed Bath & Beyond a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bed Bath & Beyond as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Bed Bath & Beyond 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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