5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Higher

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the services sector higher today, Nov. 16, 2012.

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 40 points (0.3%) at 12,582 as of Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, 11:59 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,549 issues advancing vs. 1,392 declining with 99 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Schiff Nutrition International ( SHF), up 28.6%, OfficeMax ( OMX), up 21.5%, Whirlpool Corporation ( WHR), up 1.8%, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), up 2.1% and AutoZone ( AZO), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), down 17.6%, Best Buy ( BBY), down 9.8%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), down 6.8%, Luxottica Group ( LUX), down 2.1% and Royal Caribbean Cruises ( RCL), down 1.9%.

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

5. Brazilian Distribution Company ( CBD) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Brazilian Distribution Company is up $0.54 (1.2%) to $44.44 on light volume Thus far, 122,769 shares of Brazilian Distribution Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 387,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.32-$44.77 after having opened the day at $44.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.90.

Companhia Brasileira de Distribuic o engages in the retail of food and non-food products to individual consumers through its chain of hypermarkets, supermarkets, specialized and department stores, and the Internet. Brazilian Distribution Company has a market cap of $11.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 48.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Brazilian Distribution Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brazilian Distribution Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Brazilian Distribution Company Ratings Report now.

4. As of noon trading, Penn National Gaming ( PENN) is up $10.67 (28.4%) to $48.28 on heavy volume Thus far, 7.4 million shares of Penn National Gaming exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 612,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.00-$50.50 after having opened the day at $49.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.61.

Penn National Gaming, Inc. owns and manages gaming and pari-mutuel properties in the United States and Canada. The company is involved in hotel, dining, retail, admissions, program sales, concessions, racing operations, and other ancillary activities. Penn National Gaming has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Penn National Gaming a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Penn National Gaming as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Penn National Gaming Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, Foot Locker ( FL) is up $0.83 (2.6%) to $32.68 on heavy volume Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Foot Locker exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.47-$34.06 after having opened the day at $33.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.85.

Foot Locker, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer of athletic footwear and apparel. The company operates in two segments, Athletic Stores and Direct-to-Customers. Foot Locker has a market cap of $4.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 33.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Foot Locker a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Foot Locker 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Foot Locker Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, SBA Communications ( SBAC) is up $0.93 (1.4%) to $65.77 on light volume Thus far, 470,286 shares of SBA Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.84-$65.91 after having opened the day at $65.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.84.

SBA Communications Corporation owns and operates wireless communications towers primarily in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Panama. SBA Communications has a market cap of $8.3 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of -48.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 53.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate SBA Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SBA Communications as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full SBA Communications Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, Expedia ( EXPE) is up $1.07 (1.9%) to $56.95 on light volume Thus far, 751,293 shares of Expedia exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.62-$57.23 after having opened the day at $55.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.88.

Expedia, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an online travel company in the United States and internationally. Expedia has a market cap of $6.8 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 92.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Expedia a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Expedia as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Expedia 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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