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 135 points (1.0%) at 13,995 as of Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, 11:44 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,283 issues advancing vs. 634 declining with 96 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.9%. Top gainers within the sector include Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 6.4%, Delhaize Group ( DEG), up 4.7%, United Rentals ( URI), up 4.4%, Grupo Televisa S.A ( TV), up 3.2% and Sirius XM Radio ( SIRI), up 2.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Seacor Holdings ( CKH), down 21.7%, Life Time Fitness ( LTM), down 20.5%, Brink's Company ( BCO), down 10.2%, Harris Teeter Supermarkets ( HTSI), down 9.5% and VistaPrint ( VPRT), down 8.1%.

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

5. Priceline.com ( PCLN) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Priceline.com is up $6.76 (1.0%) to $692.23 on average volume Thus far, 394,002 shares of Priceline.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 608,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $689.32-$698.03 after having opened the day at $693.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $685.47.

priceline.com Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an online travel company. Priceline.com has a market cap of $34.7 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Priceline.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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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