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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