5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 18 points (-0.1%) at 13,964 as of Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,305 issues advancing vs. 1,524 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Services sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Zillow ( Z), up 12.6%, Ingram Micro ( IM), up 8.3%, Avis Budget Group ( CAR), up 7.2%, Portfolio Recovery Associates ( PRAA), up 7.0% and GNC Acquisition Holdings ( GNC), up 7.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Weight Watchers International ( WTW), down 15.8%, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), down 11.7%, Whole Foods Market ( WFM), down 9.7%, US Airways Group ( LCC), down 6.3% and Fresh Market ( TFM), down 6.0%.

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

5. Family Dollar Stores ( FDO) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Family Dollar Stores is up $0.98 (1.8%) to $56.47 on light volume Thus far, 622,537 shares of Family Dollar Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.36-$56.54 after having opened the day at $55.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.49.

Family Dollar Stores, Inc. operates a chain of self-service retail discount stores primarily for low- and middle-income consumers in the United States. Family Dollar Stores has a market cap of $6.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 11.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Family Dollar Stores a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Family Dollar Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Family Dollar Stores Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Comcast ( CMCSK) is up $0.40 (1.0%) to $38.85 on average volume Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Comcast exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.28-$38.88 after having opened the day at $38.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.45.

Comcast Corporation provides entertainment, information, and communications products and services in the United States and internationally. The company's Cable Communications segment offers video, high-speed Internet, and voice services to residential and business customers. Comcast has a market cap of $19.9 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Comcast a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Comcast as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Comcast Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Best Buy ( BBY) is up $1.08 (7.1%) to $16.20 on heavy volume Thus far, 8.9 million shares of Best Buy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.00-$16.36 after having opened the day at $15.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.12.

Best Buy Co., Inc. operates as a retailer of consumer electronics, computing and mobile phone products, entertainment products, appliances, and related services primarily in the United States, Europe, Canada, and China. Best Buy has a market cap of $5.2 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 30.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Best Buy a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Best Buy as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally high debt management risk. Get the full Best Buy Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Target ( TGT) is up $0.44 (0.7%) to $63.13 on average volume Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Target exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.58-$63.17 after having opened the day at $62.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.69.

Target Corporation operates general merchandise stores in the United States. Target has a market cap of $40.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Target a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Target 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, increase in net income, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. 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 Target Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, CVS Caremark ( CVS) is up $0.64 (1.2%) to $51.70 on average volume Thus far, 2.4 million shares of CVS Caremark exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.92-$51.70 after having opened the day at $50.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.06.

CVS Caremark Corporation provides pharmacy health care services in the United States. CVS Caremark has a market cap of $63.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate CVS Caremark a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CVS Caremark as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full CVS Caremark 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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