5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.2%) at 12,810 as of Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,635 issues advancing vs. 1,204 declining with 167 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 Infinity Pharmaceuticals ( INFI), up 9.6%, Lender Processing Services ( LPS), up 2.8%, KBR ( KBR), up 2.8%, AECOM Technology Corporation ( ACM), up 2.8% and Delhaize Group ( DEG), up 2.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Zale Corporation ( ZLC), down 29.2%, Scholastic Corporation ( SCHL), down 18.5%, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), down 4.0%, Dreamworks Animation SKG ( DWA), down 4.5% and Gol Intelligent Airlines ( GOL), down 4.2%.

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

5. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide ( HOT) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is up $0.24 (0.5%) to $52.65 on light volume Thus far, 545,449 shares of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.35-$52.96 after having opened the day at $52.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.41.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. operates as a hotel and leisure company worldwide. The company operates luxury and upscale full service hotels, select-service hotels, extended stay hotels, resorts, retreats, and residences under St. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has a market cap of $10.4 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, reasonable 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 somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Ross Stores ( ROST) is up $0.32 (0.6%) to $55.64 on light volume Thus far, 590,670 shares of Ross Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.35-$55.83 after having opened the day at $55.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.32.

Ross Stores, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates off-price retail apparel and home fashion stores under the Ross Dress for Less and dd's DISCOUNTS brand names in the United States. Ross Stores has a market cap of $12.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Ross Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ross Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Ross Stores Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN) is up $1.06 (1.0%) to $107.93 on light volume Thus far, 361,627 shares of Wynn Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $106.61-$108.10 after having opened the day at $106.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $106.87.

Wynn Resorts, Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the development, ownership, and operation of destination casino resorts. Wynn Resorts has a market cap of $10.6 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Wynn Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wynn Resorts as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Wynn Resorts Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Macy's ( M) is up $0.25 (0.6%) to $41.02 on light volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Macy's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.70-$41.23 after having opened the day at $40.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.77.

Macy's, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates stores and Internet Websites in the United States. Its retail stores and Internet Web sites sell a range of merchandise, including apparel and accessories for men, women, and children; cosmetics; home furnishings; and other consumer goods. Macy's has a market cap of $16.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Macy's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macy's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. 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 Macy's Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG) is up $5.18 (1.9%) to $273.64 on light volume Thus far, 358,951 shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $271.68-$278.00 after having opened the day at $272.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $268.46.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. develops and operates fast-casual, fresh Mexican food restaurants in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and France. Its restaurants primarily offer burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads. Chipotle Mexican Grill has a market cap of $8.5 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 20.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Chipotle Mexican Grill a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chipotle Mexican Grill as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Chipotle Mexican Grill Ratings Report now.

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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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