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 down 19 points (-0.1%) at 13,006 as of Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,239 issues advancing vs. 1,655 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 3.4%, Sirius XM Radio ( SIRI), up 2.4%, Liberty Global ( LBTYK), up 2.2%, Brazilian Distribution Company ( CBD), up 1.8% and Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), up 1.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Madison Square Garden ( MSG), down 3.1%, Netflix ( NFLX), down 2.5%, Kansas City Southern ( KSU), down 2.4%, Delta Air Lines ( DAL), down 2.0% and Tractor Supply ( TSCO), down 1.9%.

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

5. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation ( WYN) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation is up $1.15 (2.3%) to $50.24 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.60-$50.37 after having opened the day at $49.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.09.

Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides various hospitality products and services to individual consumers and business customers in the United States and internationally. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation has a market cap of $6.8 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Wyndham Worldwide Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wyndham Worldwide Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. 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 Wyndham Worldwide Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Liberty Global ( LBTYA) is up $1.56 (2.8%) to $57.60 on heavy volume Thus far, 932,208 shares of Liberty Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.01-$57.60 after having opened the day at $56.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.04.

Liberty Global, Inc. provides video, broadband Internet, and telephony services primarily in Europe and Chile. Liberty Global has a market cap of $8.2 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 36.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Liberty Global a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Liberty Global as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Liberty Global Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL) is up $0.20 (1.3%) to $15.46 on light volume Thus far, 859,140 shares of Melco Crown Entertainment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.22-$15.59 after having opened the day at $15.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.26.

Melco Crown Entertainment Limited, through its subsidiaries, engages in the development, ownership, and operation of casino gaming and entertainment resort facilities primarily in Macau. Melco Crown Entertainment has a market cap of $8.4 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 58.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Melco Crown Entertainment a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Melco Crown Entertainment as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Melco Crown Entertainment Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN) is up $1.56 (1.4%) to $113.96 on average volume Thus far, 750,217 shares of Wynn Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $112.97-$115.69 after having opened the day at $112.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $112.40.

Wynn Resorts, Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the development, ownership, and operation of destination casino resorts. Wynn Resorts has a market cap of $11.3 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Wynn Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wynn Resorts as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Wynn Resorts Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Home Depot ( HD) is up $0.37 (0.6%) to $65.44 on light volume Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.99-$65.92 after having opened the day at $65.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.07.

The Home Depot, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a home improvement retailer. The company's stores sell building materials, and home improvement and lawn and garden products to do-it-yourself, do-it-for-me (at D-I-F-M), and professional customers. Home Depot has a market cap of $96.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 54.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Home Depot a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Home Depot 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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