3 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 40 points (0.3%) at 13,114 as of Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,438 issues advancing vs. 1,420 declining with 156 unchanged.

The Services sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Geo Group ( GEO), up 7.0%, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), up 3.8%, McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated ( MHP), up 2.4%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), up 1.9% and Grupo Televisa S.A ( TV), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), down 1.8%, Fidelity National Information Services ( FIS), down 1.8%, CSX ( CSX), down 1.3%, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN), down 1.3% and Yum Brands ( YUM), down 0.8%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

3. Canadian National Railway ( CNI) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Canadian National Railway is up $1.00 (1.1%) to $91.35 on average volume Thus far, 310,627 shares of Canadian National Railway exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 545,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $90.11-$91.49 after having opened the day at $90.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.35.

Canadian National Railway Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in rail and related transportation business in North America. Canadian National Railway has a market cap of $38.9 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Canadian National Railway a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Canadian National Railway as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Canadian National Railway Ratings Report now.

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