5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 89 points (-0.7%) at 12,919 as of Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 886 issues advancing vs. 2,023 declining with 120 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Macy's ( M), down 3.8%, Whole Foods Market ( WFM), down 2.7%, Nordstrom ( JWN), down 2.7%, Target ( TGT), down 2.2% and LATAM Airlines Group S.A ( LFL), down 1.9%.

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

5. Kansas City Southern ( KSU) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Kansas City Southern is up $0.92 (1.2%) to $78.53 on average volume Thus far, 564,492 shares of Kansas City Southern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 889,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.12-$79.39 after having opened the day at $77.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.61.

Kansas City Southern, through its subsidiaries, engages in the freight rail transportation business. Kansas City Southern has a market cap of $8.4 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Kansas City Southern a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kansas City Southern as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Kansas City Southern Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated ( MHP) is up $1.04 (2.0%) to $52.73 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.6 million shares of McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.26-$53.60 after having opened the day at $51.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.68.

The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. provides information services for the financial, commodities and commercial, and education markets worldwide. McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated has a market cap of $14.3 billion and is part of the media 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 14.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures 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 McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Limited Brands ( LTD) is up $0.34 (0.7%) to $49.08 on average volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Limited Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.73-$49.50 after having opened the day at $48.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.74.

Limited Brands, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of women's intimate and other apparel, beauty, and personal care products and accessories primarily in the United States and Canada. Limited Brands has a market cap of $13.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Limited Brands a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Limited Brands as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that net income has been generally deteriorating over time. Get the full Limited Brands Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, eBay ( EBAY) is up $1.30 (2.6%) to $50.31 on average volume Thus far, 6.0 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.37-$50.37 after having opened the day at $49.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.01.

eBay Inc. provides online platforms, services, and tools to help individuals and merchants in online and mobile commerce and payments in the United States and internationally. eBay has a market cap of $62.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 60.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 20 analysts that rate eBay a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates eBay as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full eBay Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is up $0.85 (0.3%) to $240.73 on average volume Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $238.00-$242.73 after having opened the day at $240.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $239.88.

Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. It operates retail Websites, such as amazon.com and amazon.ca. The company serves consumers through its retail Websites and focuses on selection, price, and convenience. Amazon.com has a market cap of $107.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 2975.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 37.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 22 analysts that rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amazon.com as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Amazon.com 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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