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.

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