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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4. As of noon trading, Delta Air Lines ( DAL) is up $0.12 (0.7%) to $16.12 on light volume Thus far, 3.8 million shares of Delta Air Lines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.76-$16.17 after having opened the day at $15.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.00.

Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo in the United States and internationally. Its route network is centered around a system of hub and international gateway airports in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Delta Air Lines has a market cap of $13.9 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 34.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Delta Air Lines a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Delta Air Lines as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Delta Air Lines Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Best Buy ( BBY) is up $0.57 (2.7%) to $22.02 on average volume Thus far, 7.7 million shares of Best Buy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.22-$22.21 after having opened the day at $21.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.45.

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 $7.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 81.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Best Buy a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 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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2. As of noon trading, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS) is up $0.65 (1.1%) to $58.03 on average volume Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Michael Kors Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.63-$58.58 after having opened the day at $56.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.38.

Michael Kors Holdings Limited engages in the design, marketing, distribution, and retail of branded women's apparel and accessories, and men's apparel. The company sells its products primarily under the names of Michael Kors, MICHAEL KORS, MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS, and KORS MICHAEL KORS. Michael Kors Holdings has a market cap of $11.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Michael Kors Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Michael Kors Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, notable return on equity and robust revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock itself is trading at a premium valuation. Get the full Michael Kors Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Home Depot ( HD) is up $0.83 (1.2%) to $69.88 on average volume Thus far, 3.4 million shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.45-$69.91 after having opened the day at $68.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.05.

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 $105.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.6% 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. 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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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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