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 30 points (-0.2%) at 14,005 as of Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 12:04 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 991 issues advancing vs. 1,875 declining with 138 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. Top gainers within the sector include NetSpend Holdings ( NTSP), up 28.5%, Six Flags Entertainment ( SIX), up 5.5%, Kohl's ( KSS), up 1.7%, LKQ Corporation ( LKQ), up 1.2% and Luxottica Group ( LUX), up 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Total System Services ( TSS), down 5.2%, Trinity Industries ( TRN), down 4.7%, Staples ( SPLS), down 4.0%, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), down 2.9% and Netflix ( NFLX), down 2.6%.

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

5. Grupo Televisa S.A ( TV) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Grupo Televisa S.A is up $0.26 (0.9%) to $28.39 on average volume Thus far, 545,130 shares of Grupo Televisa S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.07-$28.57 after having opened the day at $28.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.13.

Grupo Televisa, S.A.B. operates as a media company. Grupo Televisa S.A has a market cap of $31.7 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Grupo Televisa S.A a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Grupo Televisa S.A as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Grupo Televisa S.A Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, MGM Resorts International ( MGM) is up $0.17 (1.3%) to $12.91 on heavy volume Thus far, 9.0 million shares of MGM Resorts International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.83-$13.14 after having opened the day at $12.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.74.

MGM Resorts International, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates casino resorts. Its casino resorts offer gaming, hotel, convention, dining, entertainment, retail, and other resort amenities. MGM Resorts International has a market cap of $6.3 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 10.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate MGM Resorts International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MGM Resorts International as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, generally high debt management risk, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full MGM Resorts International Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, J.C. Penney ( JCP) is up $0.69 (3.5%) to $20.30 on heavy volume Thus far, 8.4 million shares of J.C. Penney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.67-$20.91 after having opened the day at $19.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.61.

J. C. Penney Company, Inc., through its subsidiary, J. C. Penney Corporation, Inc., operates department stores in the United States and Puerto Rico. The company sells family apparel and footwear, accessories, fine and fashion jewelry, beauty products, and home furnishings. J.C. Penney has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate J.C. Penney a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates J.C. Penney as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, generally high debt management risk and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full J.C. Penney Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, AutoZone ( AZO) is up $3.49 (0.9%) to $378.70 on light volume Thus far, 139,487 shares of AutoZone exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 500,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $374.20-$379.59 after having opened the day at $374.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $375.21.

AutoZone, Inc. engages in retailing and distributing automotive replacement parts and accessories. AutoZone has a market cap of $13.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate AutoZone a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AutoZone as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full AutoZone Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Time Warner Cable ( TWC) is up $0.58 (0.7%) to $87.56 on average volume Thus far, 863,157 shares of Time Warner Cable exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $86.91-$87.86 after having opened the day at $86.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.98.

Time Warner Cable Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a cable operator in the United States. It offers video, high-speed data, and voice services over its broadband cable systems to residential and business service customers. Time Warner Cable has a market cap of $26.2 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Time Warner Cable a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner Cable as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Time Warner Cable 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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