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 51 points (0.4%) at 14,033 as of Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,948 issues advancing vs. 943 declining with 147 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the sector include OfficeMax ( OMX), up 25.3%, Office Depot ( ODP), up 14.5%, Staples ( SPLS), up 12.0%, Robert Half International ( RHI), up 3.4% and Best Buy ( BBY), up 3.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Group 1 Automotive ( GPI), down 8.2%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 6.4%, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), down 3.2%, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), down 2.8% and Genuine Parts Company ( GPC), down 3.2%.

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

5. Moody's Corporation ( MCO) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Moody's Corporation is up $0.91 (1.9%) to $47.71 on average volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Moody's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.65-$47.86 after having opened the day at $46.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.80.

Moody's Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides credit ratings, research, and analysis covering fixed-income securities, other debt instruments, and the entities that issue such instruments in the global capital markets. Moody's Corporation has a market cap of $10.4 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Moody's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Moody's Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. 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 Moody's Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS) is up $0.72 (1.1%) to $63.99 on average volume Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Michael Kors Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.19-$64.31 after having opened the day at $64.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.27.

Michael Kors Holdings Limited engages in the design, marketing, distribution, and retail of branded women's apparel and accessories, and men's apparel. The company sells its products primarily under the names of Michael Kors, MICHAEL KORS, MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS, and KORS MICHAEL KORS. Michael Kors Holdings has a market cap of $12.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 39.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Michael Kors Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Michael Kors Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, notable return on equity and robust revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock itself is trading at a premium valuation. Get the full Michael Kors Holdings Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Walgreen Company ( WAG) is up $0.40 (1.0%) to $41.54 on light volume Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Walgreen Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.31-$41.62 after having opened the day at $41.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.15.

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 $38.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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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2. As of noon trading, Yum Brands ( YUM) is up $0.89 (1.4%) to $64.88 on light volume Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Yum Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.93-$65.01 after having opened the day at $64.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.99.

YUM! Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates quick service restaurants in the United States and internationally. Yum Brands has a market cap of $28.9 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Yum Brands a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yum Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity 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 Yum Brands Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is up $2.38 (0.9%) to $267.47 on light volume Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $264.50-$268.37 after having opened the day at $265.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $265.09.

Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. The company operates in two segments, North America and International. Amazon.com has a market cap of $120.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 5.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 22 analysts that rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amazon.com as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, robust revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Amazon.com 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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