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.

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