3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Services Sector

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 22 points (-0.2%) at 14,429 as of Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,094 issues advancing vs. 1,811 declining with 142 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include AmerisourceBergen ( ABC), up 5.6%, Walgreen Company ( WAG), up 4.8%, Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), up 2.7%, Net Servicos De Comunicacao ( NETC), up 2.0% and eBay ( EBAY), up 1.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include DSW ( DSW), down 6.4%, Cardinal Health ( CAH), down 7.2%, Kohl's ( KSS), down 4.2%, Expedia ( EXPE), down 3.6% and Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), down 3.5%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

3. Liberty Media Corporation ( LMCA) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Liberty Media Corporation is up $1.71 (1.6%) to $111.54 on average volume Thus far, 332,872 shares of Liberty Media Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 863,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $110.70-$112.49 after having opened the day at $111.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $109.83.

Liberty Media Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in media, communications, and entertainment businesses primarily in North America. Liberty Media Corporation has a market cap of $12.3 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Liberty Media Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Liberty Media Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Liberty Media Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Charter Communications ( CHTR) is up $1.92 (2.0%) to $99.96 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Charter Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 979,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $97.88-$100.44 after having opened the day at $99.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $98.04.

Charter Communications, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment, information, and communications solutions to residential and commercial customers in the United States. Charter Communications has a market cap of $9.1 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 28.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Charter Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charter Communications as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Charter Communications Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Sysco Corporation ( SYY) is up $0.36 (1.1%) to $34.14 on heavy volume Thus far, 3.2 million shares of Sysco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.82-$34.28 after having opened the day at $33.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.78.

Sysco Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the marketing and distribution of a range of food and related products primarily to the foodservice or food-away-from-home industry. Sysco Corporation has a market cap of $19.8 billion and is part of the wholesale industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Sysco Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sysco 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, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Sysco Corporation Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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