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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4. As of noon trading, Walt Disney ( DIS) is up $0.42 (0.8%) to $55.75 on light volume Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.00-$55.76 after having opened the day at $55.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.33.

The Walt Disney Company operates as an entertainment company worldwide. Its Media Networks segment engages in broadcast television network, television production and distribution, television stations, broadcast radio networks and stations, and publishing and digital operations. Walt Disney has a market cap of $98.6 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.6, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Walt Disney a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Walt Disney Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, News Corporation ( NWSA) is up $0.20 (0.7%) to $29.34 on average volume Thus far, 6.5 million shares of News Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.68-$29.37 after having opened the day at $28.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.14.

News Corporation operates as a diversified media company worldwide. News Corporation has a market cap of $44.0 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate News Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates News Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and attractive valuation levels. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full News Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is up $0.82 (1.1%) to $72.56 on average volume Thus far, 3.8 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.51-$72.67 after having opened the day at $71.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.74.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. It operates retail stores, restaurants, discount stores, supermarkets, supercenters, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, apparel stores, Sam's Clubs, and neighborhood markets, as well as walmart.com; and samsclub.com. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $236.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Wal-Mart Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Wal-Mart Stores Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is up $3.36 (1.3%) to $269.10 on light volume Thus far, 1.3 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 $264.14-$269.81 after having opened the day at $265.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $265.74.

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 $120.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 5.3% 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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