5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 17 points (-0.1%) at 12,949 as of Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,707 issues advancing vs. 1,183 declining with 148 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.0%. Top gainers within the sector include Signet Jewelers ( SIG), up 4.4%, Penn National Gaming ( PENN), up 2.3%, Best Buy ( BBY), up 2.7%, LKQ Corporation ( LKQ), up 1.5% and Kroger ( KR), up 1.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Airgas ( ARG), down 2.8%, Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG), down 1.0%, Brazilian Distribution Company ( CBD), down 0.8%, eBay ( EBAY), down 0.8% and LATAM Airlines Group S.A ( LFL), down 0.8%.

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

5. Directv ( DTV) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Directv is up $0.43 (0.9%) to $49.43 on average volume Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Directv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.83-$49.47 after having opened the day at $48.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.00.

DIRECTV provides digital television entertainment primarily in the United States and Latin America. The company engages in acquiring, promoting, selling, and distributing digital entertainment programming primarily via satellite to residential and commercial subscribers. Directv has a market cap of $29.9 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are unchanged year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Directv a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Directv as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Directv Ratings Report now.

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