5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 32 points (0.2%) at 14,286 as of Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,509 issues advancing vs. 1,334 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include CTC Media ( CTCM), up 12.2%, Charter Communications ( CHTR), up 2.8%, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), up 2.7%, MGM Resorts International ( MGM), up 1.8% and Yum Brands ( YUM), up 1.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Fresh Market ( TFM), down 9.8%, eBay ( EBAY), down 3.0%, Luxottica Group ( LUX), down 2.2%, Grupo Televisa S.A ( TV), down 2.1% and CSX ( CSX), down 1.3%.

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

5. Best Buy ( BBY) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Best Buy is up $0.60 (3.2%) to $19.00 on heavy volume Thus far, 10.3 million shares of Best Buy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.93-$19.50 after having opened the day at $19.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.40.

Best Buy Co., Inc. operates as a retailer of consumer electronics, computing and mobile phone products, entertainment products, appliances, and related services primarily in the United States, Europe, Canada, and China. Best Buy has a market cap of $6.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 55.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Best Buy a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Best Buy as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally high debt management risk. Get the full Best Buy Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG) is up $3.80 (1.2%) to $333.04 on light volume Thus far, 158,981 shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 608,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $330.30-$334.89 after having opened the day at $331.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $329.24.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. develops and operates fast casual and fresh Mexican food restaurants. Its restaurants primarily offer burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads. Chipotle Mexican Grill has a market cap of $10.0 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Chipotle Mexican Grill a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chipotle Mexican Grill as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Chipotle Mexican Grill Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Directv ( DTV) is up $0.30 (0.6%) to $49.24 on average volume Thus far, 3.2 million shares of Directv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.95-$49.46 after having opened the day at $49.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.94.

DIRECTV provides digital television entertainment primarily in the United States and Latin America. The company engages in acquiring, promoting, selling, and distributing digital entertainment programming primarily via satellite to residential and commercial subscribers. Directv has a market cap of $28.0 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Directv a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Directv as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Directv Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Time Warner ( TWX) is up $0.41 (0.7%) to $55.46 on average volume Thus far, 3.5 million shares of Time Warner exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.15-$56.07 after having opened the day at $55.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.05.

Time Warner Inc. operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Networks, Film and TV Entertainment, and Publishing. Time Warner has a market cap of $50.6 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Time Warner a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, 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 shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Time Warner Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Starbucks Corporation ( SBUX) is up $0.70 (1.2%) to $57.20 on average volume Thus far, 3.7 million shares of Starbucks Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.65-$57.49 after having opened the day at $56.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.51.

Starbucks Corporation operates as a roaster, marketer, and retailer of specialty coffee worldwide. As of September 30, 2012, the company operated 9,405 company-operated stores and 8,661 licensed stores. Starbucks Corporation has a market cap of $41.7 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.9, above 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 20 analysts that rate Starbucks Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starbucks Corporation 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, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Starbucks Corporation 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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