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 59 points (0.4%) at 13,940 as of Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,920 issues advancing vs. 903 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the sector include HMS Holdings Corporation ( HMSY), up 7.2%, Charter Communications ( CHTR), up 7.1%, J.C. Penney ( JCP), up 4.9%, Trinity Industries ( TRN), up 3.6% and Delhaize Group ( DEG), up 3.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Netflix ( NFLX), down 2.5%, Brazilian Distribution Company ( CBD), down 1.7%, Net Servicos De Comunicacao ( NETC), down 1.4%, Gap ( GPS), down 1.4% and Grupo Televisa S.A ( TV), down 1.4%.

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

5. CSX ( CSX) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, CSX is up $0.14 (0.6%) to $22.69 on light volume Thus far, 2.0 million shares of CSX exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.51-$22.75 after having opened the day at $22.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.55.

CSX Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides rail-based transportation services. It offers traditional rail service and the transport of intermodal containers and trailers. CSX has a market cap of $23.3 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate CSX a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CSX as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. 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 CSX Ratings Report now.

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