5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 15 points (-0.1%) at 14,074 as of Monday, March 4, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,220 issues advancing vs. 1,591 declining with 184 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include United Continental Holdings ( UAL), up 4.7%, Delta Air Lines ( DAL), up 3.9%, AutoNation ( AN), up 2.9%, CarMax ( KMX), up 3.0% and Target ( TGT), up 2.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Netflix ( NFLX), down 4.3%, Qiagen ( QGEN), down 2.5% and Western Union Company ( WU), down 1.8%.

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

5. Home Depot ( HD) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Home Depot is up $0.50 (0.7%) to $69.53 on average volume Thus far, 3.2 million shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.93-$69.71 after having opened the day at $68.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.03.

The Home Depot, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a home improvement retailer. The company's stores sell building materials, and home improvement and lawn and garden products to do-it-yourself, do-it-for-me (at D-I-F-M), and professional customers. Home Depot has a market cap of $102.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Home Depot a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Home Depot Ratings Report now.

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