5 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 35 points (0.3%) at 14,006 as of Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,786 issues advancing vs. 1,060 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Net Servicos De Comunicacao ( NETC), up 2.7%, Moody's Corporation ( MCO), up 2.6%, United Rentals ( URI), up 2.5%, W.W. Grainger ( GWW), up 2.3% and MGM Resorts International ( MGM), up 1.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Fidelity National Information Services ( FIS), down 3.0%, Verisk Analytics ( VRSK), down 1.6%, SBA Communications ( SBAC), down 1.3%, O'Reilly Automotive ( ORLY), down 1.2% and CSX ( CSX), down 0.7%.

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

5. Walgreen Company ( WAG) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Walgreen Company is up $0.25 (0.6%) to $41.73 on light volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Walgreen Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.59-$41.91 after having opened the day at $41.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.48.

Walgreen Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates a network of drugstores in the United States. It provides consumer goods and services, pharmacy, and health and wellness services through drugstores, as well as through mail, and by telephone and online. Walgreen Company has a market cap of $39.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Walgreen Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

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

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