5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 83 points (0.6%) at 13,218 as of Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,927 issues advancing vs. 999 declining with 148 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Wyndham Worldwide Corporation ( WYN), up 2.6%, Liberty Media Corporation ( LMCA), up 2.6%, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide ( HOT), up 2.3%, Time Warner ( TWX), up 2.1% and eBay ( EBAY), up 2.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Cabela's ( CAB), down 5.7%, and J.C. Penney ( JCP), down 3.1%.

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

5. Time Warner Cable ( TWC) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Time Warner Cable is up $1.23 (1.3%) to $95.30 on light volume Thus far, 567,887 shares of Time Warner Cable exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $94.17-$95.31 after having opened the day at $94.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.07.

Time Warner Cable Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a cable operator in the United States. It offers video, high-speed data, and voice services over its broadband cable systems to residential and business service customers. Time Warner Cable has a market cap of $28.3 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 48.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Time Warner Cable a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner Cable 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, revenue growth and notable return on equity. 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 Time Warner Cable Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, TJX Companies ( TJX) is up $0.56 (1.3%) to $43.17 on light volume Thus far, 1.8 million shares of TJX Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.50-$43.19 after having opened the day at $42.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.61.

The TJX Companies, Inc. operates as an off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the United States and internationally. TJX Companies has a market cap of $31.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 31.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate TJX Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TJX Companies 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, revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full TJX Companies Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Yum Brands ( YUM) is up $0.99 (1.4%) to $68.89 on light volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Yum Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.80-$68.99 after having opened the day at $68.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.90.

YUM! Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates quick service restaurants in the United States and internationally. Yum Brands has a market cap of $30.6 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Yum Brands a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yum Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 Yum Brands Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Starbucks Corporation ( SBUX) is up $1.02 (1.9%) to $54.38 on light volume Thus far, 3.3 million shares of Starbucks Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.50-$54.50 after having opened the day at $53.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.36.

Starbucks Corporation operates as a roaster, marketer, and retailer of specialty coffee worldwide. As of September 30, 2012, the company operated 9,405 company-operated stores and 8,661 licensed stores. Starbucks Corporation has a market cap of $39.5 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate Starbucks Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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 is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Starbucks Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, McDonald's Corporation ( MCD) is up $0.82 (0.9%) to $89.70 on light volume Thus far, 1.8 million shares of McDonald's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.01-$89.74 after having opened the day at $89.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.88.

McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the global restaurant industry. Its restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages. The company operates approximately 34,000 restaurants in 120 countries around the world. McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $89.5 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 11.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate McDonald's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full McDonald's Corporation 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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