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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4. As of noon trading, Dollar General Corporation ( DG) is up $0.51 (1.0%) to $49.82 on heavy volume Thus far, 6.5 million shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.49-$50.55 after having opened the day at $50.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.31.

Dollar General Corporation operates as a discount retailer primarily in the southern, southwestern, midwestern, and eastern United States. Dollar General Corporation has a market cap of $16.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Dollar General Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dollar General Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Dollar General Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Union Pacific ( UNP) is up $0.71 (0.6%) to $122.58 on light volume Thus far, 474,855 shares of Union Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $120.79-$123.34 after having opened the day at $120.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $121.87.

Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, provides rail transportation services in North America. Union Pacific has a market cap of $57.4 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Union Pacific a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, Yum Brands ( YUM) is up $0.61 (0.8%) to $74.24 on light volume Thus far, 708,364 shares of Yum Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.56-$74.38 after having opened the day at $73.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.63.

YUM! Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates quick service restaurants in the United States and internationally. Yum Brands has a market cap of $33.4 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Yum Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yum Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. 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 Yum Brands Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is up $2.20 (5.0%) to $46.24 on heavy volume Thus far, 7.0 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.48-$46.26 after having opened the day at $45.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.03.

Las Vegas Sands Corp., together with its subsidiaries, owns, develops, and operates various integrated resort properties primarily in the United States, Macau, and Singapore. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $36.4 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Las Vegas Sands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Las Vegas Sands 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, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Las Vegas Sands 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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