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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