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 20 points (-0.2%) at 12,795 as of Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,283 issues advancing vs. 1,555 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Best Buy ( BBY), up 5.1%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), up 3.8%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 2.4%, United Rentals ( URI), up 2.0% and Moody's Corporation ( MCO), up 1.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include J.C. Penney ( JCP), down 9.4%, GNC Acquisition Holdings ( GNC), down 2.8%, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), down 2.9%, MGM Resorts International ( MGM), down 2.8% and Gannett ( GCI), down 2.2%.

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

5. Canadian National Railway ( CNI) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Canadian National Railway is up $0.70 (0.8%) to $86.98 on light volume Thus far, 85,629 shares of Canadian National Railway exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 514,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $86.29-$87.13 after having opened the day at $86.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.28.

Canadian National Railway Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in rail and related transportation business in North America. Canadian National Railway has a market cap of $37.3 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Canadian National Railway a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Canadian National Railway as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Canadian National Railway Ratings Report now.

4. As of noon trading, GameStop ( GME) is up $0.67 (3.0%) to $22.78 on light volume Thus far, 764,173 shares of GameStop exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.13-$22.85 after having opened the day at $22.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.11.

GameStop Corp. operates as a video game retailer. GameStop has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate GameStop a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates GameStop as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations 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 GameStop Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, CSX ( CSX) is up $0.13 (0.7%) to $20.01 on light volume Thus far, 2.2 million shares of CSX exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.86-$20.05 after having opened the day at $19.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.88.

CSX Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides rail-based transportation services. It offers traditional rail service and the transport of intermodal containers and trailers. CSX has a market cap of $20.7 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate CSX a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CSX as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. 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 CSX Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, Norfolk Southern Corporation ( NSC) is up $0.30 (0.5%) to $58.30 on average volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Norfolk Southern Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.95-$58.63 after having opened the day at $58.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.00.

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 $18.7 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 20.4% 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, Union Pacific ( UNP) is up $1.50 (1.2%) to $121.75 on light volume Thus far, 363,704 shares of Union Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $120.39-$121.85 after having opened the day at $120.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $120.25.

Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, provides rail transportation services in North America. Union Pacific has a market cap of $56.9 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Union Pacific a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Union Pacific as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Union Pacific 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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