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 15 points (0.1%) at 12,980 as of Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,319 issues advancing vs. 1,553 declining with 162 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 United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B ( UPS), up 0.8%, and FedEx Corporation ( FDX), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Net 1 Ueps Technologies ( UEPS), down 56.6%, Vail Resorts ( MTN), down 10.2%, Darden Restaurants ( DRI), down 9.6%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 6.8% and Gap ( GPS), down 6.9%.

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

5. Luxottica Group ( LUX) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Luxottica Group is up $0.23 (0.6%) to $41.34 on light volume Thus far, 44,115 shares of Luxottica Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 135,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.29-$41.45 after having opened the day at $41.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.11.

Luxottica Group S.p.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides fashion, luxury, and sports eyewear worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Manufacturing and Wholesale Distribution, and Retail Distribution. Luxottica Group has a market cap of $19.3 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 41.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 46.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Luxottica Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Luxottica Group 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, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Luxottica Group Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY) is up $0.82 (2.4%) to $35.40 on heavy volume Thus far, 808,562 shares of Ryanair Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 332,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.12-$35.68 after having opened the day at $35.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.58.

Ryanair Holdings plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides scheduled-passenger airline services in Ireland, the United Kingdom, continental Europe, and Morocco. Ryanair Holdings has a market cap of $9.9 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Ryanair Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ryanair Holdings 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, increase in stock price during the past year and increase in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Ryanair Holdings Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Big Lots ( BIG) is up $2.42 (8.6%) to $30.46 on heavy volume Thus far, 4.4 million shares of Big Lots exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.85-$30.68 after having opened the day at $29.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.04.

Big Lots, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a broadline closeout retailer in the United States and Canada. Big Lots has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 25.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Big Lots a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Big Lots as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Big Lots Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Sirius XM Radio ( SIRI) is up $0.04 (1.2%) to $2.84 on light volume Thus far, 18.3 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 $2.82-$2.85 after having opened the day at $2.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.80.

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 53.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is up $1.01 (1.4%) to $72.35 on average volume Thus far, 5.1 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.45-$72.35 after having opened the day at $71.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.34.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. It operates retail stores, restaurants, discount stores, supermarkets, supercenters, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, apparel stores, Sam's Clubs, and neighborhood markets, as well as walmart.com; and samsclub.com. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $242.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Wal-Mart Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores 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, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Wal-Mart Stores 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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