5 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 45 points (-0.3%) at 14,466 as of Thursday, March 21, 2013, 12:44 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,235 issues advancing vs. 1,661 declining with 139 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include Ross Stores ( ROST), up 3.4%, Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), up 1.9%, Tim Hortons ( THI), up 0.9%, Netflix ( NFLX), up 1.0% and Priceline.com ( PCLN), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Scholastic Corporation ( SCHL), down 15.2%, Guess ( GES), down 4.9%, Charter Communications ( CHTR), down 3.4%, Airgas ( ARG), down 3.0% and Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), down 2.9%.

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

5. DryShips ( DRYS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, DryShips is up $0.20 (10.4%) to $2.12 on heavy volume Thus far, 9.9 million shares of DryShips exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $1.92-$2.16 after having opened the day at $1.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.92.

DryShips, Inc. owns drybulk carriers and tankers that operate worldwide. Through its subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., the company owns and operates nine offshore ultra deepwater drilling units comprising two ultra deepwater semisubmersible drilling rigs and seven ultra deepwater drillships. DryShips has a market cap of $832.5 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 22.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate DryShips a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DryShips as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full DryShips Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, SUPERVALU ( SVU) is up $0.42 (10.0%) to $4.61 on heavy volume Thus far, 10.1 million shares of SUPERVALU exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $4.16-$4.75 after having opened the day at $4.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.19.

SUPERVALU INC., together with its subsidiaries, operates retail and wholesale food stores in the United States. SUPERVALU has a market cap of $937.1 million and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 70.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates SUPERVALU a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SUPERVALU as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full SUPERVALU Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL) is up $0.20 (0.9%) to $21.84 on average volume Thus far, 3.4 million shares of Melco Crown Entertainment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.49-$22.24 after having opened the day at $21.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.64.

Melco Crown Entertainment Limited, through its subsidiaries, engages in the development, ownership, and operation of casino gaming and entertainment resort facilities primarily in Macau. Melco Crown Entertainment has a market cap of $11.2 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Melco Crown Entertainment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Melco Crown Entertainment as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Melco Crown Entertainment Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Costco Wholesale Corporation ( COST) is up $0.73 (0.7%) to $103.81 on average volume Thus far, 905,285 shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $102.68-$103.83 after having opened the day at $102.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $103.08.

Costco Wholesale Corporation engages in the operation of membership warehouses. The company offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. Costco Wholesale Corporation has a market cap of $44.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Costco Wholesale Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Costco Wholesale Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Costco Wholesale Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is up $0.39 (0.5%) to $73.38 on light volume Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.85-$73.47 after having opened the day at $72.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.99.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. It operates retail stores, restaurants, discount stores, supermarkets, supercenters, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, apparel stores, Sam's Clubs, and neighborhood markets, as well as walmart.com; and samsclub.com. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $241.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Wal-Mart Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Wal-Mart Stores 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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