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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4. As of noon trading, Walgreen Company ( WAG) is up $0.22 (0.7%) to $33.25 on light volume Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Walgreen Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.67-$33.26 after having opened the day at $32.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.03.

Walgreen Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates a network of drugstores in the United States. It provides consumer goods and services, pharmacy, and health and wellness services through drugstores, as well as through mail, and by telephone and online. Walgreen Company has a market cap of $31.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Walgreen Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walgreen Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, 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 Walgreen Company Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Costco Wholesale Corporation ( COST) is up $4.42 (4.6%) to $100.93 on heavy volume Thus far, 5.0 million shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $100.00-$101.75 after having opened the day at $100.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $96.51.

Costco Wholesale Corporation engages in the operation of membership warehouses. The company offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. Costco Wholesale Corporation has a market cap of $41.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Costco Wholesale Corporation a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Costco Wholesale 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, 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 shows low profit margins. Get the full Costco Wholesale Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Starbucks Corporation ( SBUX) is up $0.67 (1.3%) to $50.88 on light volume Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Starbucks Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.90-$50.99 after having opened the day at $50.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.21.

Starbucks Corporation purchases and roasts whole bean coffees. It operates 6,705 company-operated stores and 4,082 licensed stores in the United States; and 2,326 company-operated stores and 3,890 licensed stores in Canada, the U.K., China, Germany, Thailand, and internationally. Starbucks Corporation has a market cap of $37.8 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Starbucks Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starbucks Corporation 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, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Starbucks Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Priceline.com ( PCLN) is up $5.32 (0.8%) to $642.07 on light volume Thus far, 217,464 shares of Priceline.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 880,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $632.78-$642.60 after having opened the day at $635.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $636.75.

priceline.com Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an online travel company. Priceline.com has a market cap of $31.9 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 36.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Priceline.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Priceline.com 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, robust revenue growth and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Priceline.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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