Services Stocks On The Rise With Help From 5 Stocks

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 21 points (-0.1%) at 14,492 as of Monday, March 18, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,220 issues advancing vs. 1,709 declining with 121 unchanged.

The Services sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include J.C. Penney ( JCP), up 9.5%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), up 5.5%, Net Servicos De Comunicacao ( NETC), up 2.1%, Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), up 1.4% and Dollar Tree Stores ( DLTR), up 1.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Carnival Corporation ( CCL), down 2.1%, Expedia ( EXPE), down 1.9%, Omnicom Group ( OMC), down 1.5%, Liberty Global ( LBTYA), down 1.3% and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide ( HOT), down 1.3%.

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

5. TJX Companies ( TJX) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, TJX Companies is up $0.29 (0.6%) to $45.21 on average volume Thus far, 2.3 million shares of TJX Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.50-$45.27 after having opened the day at $44.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.92.

The TJX Companies, Inc. operates as an off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the United States and internationally. TJX Companies has a market cap of $33.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate TJX Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TJX Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full TJX Companies Ratings Report now.

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