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 50 points (0.4%) at 14,380 as of Friday, March 8, 2013, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,811 issues advancing vs. 1,063 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Pandora Media ( P), up 17.5%, H&R Block ( HRB), up 7.4%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), up 5.6%, Delhaize Group ( DEG), up 5.2% and Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), up 3.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Gol Intelligent Airlines ( GOL), down 5.0%, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), down 1.2%, Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG), down 1.3%, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), down 0.8% and Amazon.com ( AMZN), down 0.6%.

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

5. FedEx Corporation ( FDX) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, FedEx Corporation is up $0.60 (0.6%) to $107.56 on light volume Thus far, 424,535 shares of FedEx Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $107.02-$107.95 after having opened the day at $107.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $106.96.

FedEx Corporation provides transportation, e-commerce, and business services in the United States and internationally. It operates in four segments: FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Freight, and FedEx Services. FedEx Corporation has a market cap of $34.0 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate FedEx Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates FedEx 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, attractive valuation levels, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full FedEx Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Time Warner Cable ( TWC) is up $0.66 (0.7%) to $89.98 on light volume Thus far, 764,662 shares of Time Warner Cable exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.71-$90.23 after having opened the day at $89.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.32.

Time Warner Cable Inc., together with its subsidiaries, offers video, high-speed data, and voice services to residential and business service customers over its broadband cable systems in the United States. Time Warner Cable has a market cap of $26.4 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 8.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Time Warner Cable a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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 increase in stock price during the past year. 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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3. As of noon trading, Costco Wholesale Corporation ( COST) is up $1.00 (1.0%) to $102.97 on light volume Thus far, 487,279 shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $101.86-$103.00 after having opened the day at $102.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $101.97.

Costco Wholesale Corporation engages in the operation of membership warehouses. The company offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. Costco Wholesale Corporation has a market cap of $44.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Costco Wholesale Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, Walgreen Company ( WAG) is up $0.39 (1.0%) to $40.52 on light volume Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Walgreen Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.15-$40.58 after having opened the day at $40.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.13.

Walgreen Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates a network of drugstores in the United States. It provides consumer goods and services, pharmacy, and health and wellness services through drugstores, as well as through mail, and by telephone and online. Walgreen Company has a market cap of $37.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Walgreen Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walgreen Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, 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 has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Walgreen Company Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Yum Brands ( YUM) is up $0.78 (1.2%) to $68.03 on light volume Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Yum Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.71-$68.37 after having opened the day at $67.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.25.

YUM! Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates quick service restaurants in the United States and internationally. It operates in six segments: YUM Restaurants China, YUM Restaurants International, Taco Bell U.S., KFC U.S., Pizza Hut U.S., and YUM Restaurants India. Yum Brands has a market cap of $30.2 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Yum Brands a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yum Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. 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 Yum Brands 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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