5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 14 points (0.1%) at 12,892 as of Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,435 issues advancing vs. 1,435 declining with 148 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.0%. Top gainers within the sector include American Eagle Outfitters ( AEO), up 7.2%, J.C. Penney ( JCP), up 4.1%, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), up 3.0%, Nordstrom ( JWN), up 2.4% and Omnicom Group ( OMC), up 1.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Mercadolibre ( MELI), down 3.7%, Virgin Media ( VMED), down 1.3%, Directv ( DTV), down 1.1% and CSX ( CSX), down 0.6%.

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

5. Sirius XM Radio ( SIRI) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Sirius XM Radio is up $0.03 (1.1%) to $2.73 on light volume Thus far, 13.5 million shares of Sirius XM Radio exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 73.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $2.67-$2.73 after having opened the day at $2.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.70.

Sirius XM Radio Inc. provides satellite radio services in the United States and Canada. The company broadcasts approximately 135 channels, including music, sports, entertainment, comedy, talk, news, traffic, and weather channels on subscription fee basis through two satellite radio systems. Sirius XM Radio has a market cap of $14.4 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 48.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Sirius XM Radio a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sirius XM Radio as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations 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 Sirius XM Radio Ratings Report now.

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