3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Services Sector

Editor's Note: 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

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.

It's Official: Action Alerts PLUS beats the S&P 500 with Dividends Reinvested! Cramer and Link were up 16.72% in 2012. Were you? See what they are trading for 14-days FREE

If you liked this article you might like

Pandora Needs to Get Serious About a Sirius Investment

Pandora Just Crashed -- Here's What Happened

Charter Communications Recently Rebuffed Verizon's $100 Billion Takeover Bid

Pandora Shares Jump on Reports of Deal Talks With Sirius XM