5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 9 points (-0.1%) at 12,786 as of Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,471 issues advancing vs. 1,424 declining with 128 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.0%. Top gainers within the sector include DSW ( DSW), up 8.0%, Charter Communications ( CHTR), up 3.2%, InterContinental Hotels Group ( IHG), up 3.2%, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), up 2.9% and Whirlpool Corporation ( WHR), up 2.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Best Buy ( BBY), down 12.3%, Patterson Companies ( PDCO), down 7.5%, Signet Jewelers ( SIG), down 2.6%, Dollar General Corporation ( DG), down 1.5% and Yum Brands ( YUM), down 1.1%.

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

5. Walt Disney ( DIS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Walt Disney is up $0.32 (0.7%) to $48.23 on light volume Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.66-$48.29 after having opened the day at $47.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.91.

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an entertainment company worldwide. Walt Disney has a market cap of $85.1 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 26.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Walt Disney a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney 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, revenue growth, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Walt Disney Ratings Report now.

4. As of noon trading, Starbucks Corporation ( SBUX) is up $0.45 (0.9%) to $50.19 on light volume Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Starbucks Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.56-$50.33 after having opened the day at $49.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.74.

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 $37.1 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.0% 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.

3. As of noon trading, Visa ( V) is up $1.21 (0.8%) to $146.86 on light volume Thus far, 835,536 shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $145.16-$147.38 after having opened the day at $145.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $145.65.

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 $75.3 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 43.5% 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, McDonald's Corporation ( MCD) is up $1.02 (1.2%) to $86.06 on average volume Thus far, 2.4 million shares of McDonald's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $85.10-$86.14 after having opened the day at $85.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.04.

McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the global restaurant industry. Its restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages. McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $84.5 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 15.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate McDonald's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full McDonald's Corporation Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, Priceline.com ( PCLN) is up $11.45 (1.8%) to $636.94 on light volume Thus far, 287,364 shares of Priceline.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 909,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $624.69-$637.71 after having opened the day at $627.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $625.50.

priceline.com Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an online travel company. Priceline.com has a market cap of $30.7 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 31.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Priceline.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Priceline.com 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 expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Priceline.com 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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