5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Higher

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the services sector higher today, Nov. 13, 2012.

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 52 points (0.4%) at 12,867 as of Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, 11:54 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,426 issues advancing vs. 1,481 declining with 120 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Dick's Sporting Goods ( DKS), up 5.0%, Home Depot ( HD), up 4.4%, Luxottica Group ( LUX), up 2.3%, Ross Stores ( ROST), up 2.2% and O'Reilly Automotive ( ORLY), up 1.9%. A company within the sector that fell today was KAR Auction Services ( KAR), up 7.7%.

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

5. Target ( TGT) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Target is up $0.74 (1.2%) to $62.72 on light volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Target exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.65-$62.92 after having opened the day at $61.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.98.

Target Corporation operates general merchandise stores in the United States. Target has a market cap of $40.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Target a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Target as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share 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 Target Ratings Report now.

4. As of noon trading, MasterCard Incorporated ( MA) is up $4.71 (1.0%) to $474.71 on light volume Thus far, 174,144 shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 671,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $464.74-$476.92 after having opened the day at $467.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $470.00.

MasterCard Incorporated, a payments and technology company, together with its subsidiaries, provides transaction processing and other payment-related services in the United States and internationally. MasterCard Incorporated has a market cap of $55.4 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 23 analysts that rate MasterCard Incorporated a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MasterCard Incorporated as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full MasterCard Incorporated Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, Visa ( V) is up $0.85 (0.6%) to $144.09 on light volume Thus far, 787,902 shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $142.50-$144.79 after having opened the day at $142.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $143.24.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, engages in the operation of retail electronic payments network worldwide. It facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. Visa has a market cap of $75.4 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 45.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 41.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 23 analysts that rate Visa a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Visa Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, Comcast ( CMCSA) is up $0.34 (0.9%) to $36.51 on average volume Thus far, 5.3 million shares of Comcast exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.75-$36.56 after having opened the day at $36.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.16.

Comcast Corporation provides entertainment, information, and communications products and services in the United States and internationally. The company's Cable Communications segment offers video, high-speed Internet, and voice services to residential and business customers. Comcast has a market cap of $76.5 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 52.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Comcast a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Comcast 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, robust revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Comcast Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, Starbucks Corporation ( SBUX) is up $0.28 (0.6%) to $50.75 on light volume Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Starbucks Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.05-$51.02 after having opened the day at $50.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.47.

Starbucks Corporation purchases and roasts whole bean coffees. It operates 6,705 company-operated stores and 4,082 licensed stores in the United States; and 2,326 company-operated stores and 3,890 licensed stores in Canada, the U.K., China, Germany, Thailand, and internationally. Starbucks Corporation has a market cap of $38.7 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Starbucks Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starbucks Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Starbucks 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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