5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 25 points (-0.2%) at 14,513 as of Friday, March 15, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,309 issues advancing vs. 1,578 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), up 8.2%, Directv ( DTV), up 6.1%, Safeway ( SWY), up 2.5% and Luxottica Group ( LUX), up 1.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Team ( TISI), down 16.8%, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), down 15.6%, Carnival Corporation ( CCL), down 2.4%, Delta Air Lines ( DAL), down 2.5% and J.B. Hunt Transport Services ( JBHT), down 2.0%.

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

5. DISH Network ( DISH) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, DISH Network is up $1.36 (4.0%) to $35.59 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.1 million shares of DISH Network exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.19-$35.68 after having opened the day at $34.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.23.

DISH Network Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, offers direct broadcast satellite subscription television services in the United States. DISH Network has a market cap of $7.4 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate DISH Network a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DISH Network as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, expanding profit margins 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 DISH Network Ratings Report now.

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