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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4. As of noon trading, Home Depot ( HD) is up $0.42 (0.6%) to $67.34 on light volume Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.22-$67.74 after having opened the day at $67.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.92.

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 $100.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 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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3. As of noon trading, Walt Disney ( DIS) is up $0.91 (1.7%) to $54.79 on average volume Thus far, 3.6 million shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.15-$54.87 after having opened the day at $54.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.88.

The Walt Disney Company operates as an entertainment company worldwide. Its Media Networks segment engages in broadcast television network, television production and distribution, television stations, broadcast radio networks and stations, and publishing and digital operations. Walt Disney has a market cap of $96.8 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Walt Disney a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney 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 reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Walt Disney Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, McDonald's Corporation ( MCD) is up $0.70 (0.7%) to $95.99 on average volume Thus far, 2.3 million shares of McDonald's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $95.50-$96.32 after having opened the day at $95.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $95.29.

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 $95.0 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate McDonald's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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 revenue growth, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. 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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1. As of noon trading, eBay ( EBAY) is up $0.70 (1.3%) to $56.67 on light volume Thus far, 2.5 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.13-$56.68 after having opened the day at $56.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.97.

eBay Inc. provides online platforms, services, and tools to help individuals and merchants in online and mobile commerce and payments in the United States and internationally. eBay has a market cap of $72.2 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate eBay a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates eBay as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full eBay 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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