Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Services Sector

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 79 points (0.6%) at 14,527 as of Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,808 issues advancing vs. 1,104 declining with 127 unchanged.

The Services sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include Liberty Global ( LBTYA), up 2.9%, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), up 2.9%, Walgreen Company ( WAG), up 2.7%, Dollar Tree Stores ( DLTR), up 2.1% and Marriott International ( MAR), up 2.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Best Buy ( BBY), down 3.4%, Moody's Corporation ( MCO), down 1.3% and Comcast ( CMCSA), down 0.7%.

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

5. MasterCard Incorporated ( MA) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, MasterCard Incorporated is up $13.98 (2.7%) to $533.97 on heavy volume Thus far, 559,036 shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 704,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $522.22-$537.19 after having opened the day at $523.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $519.99.

MasterCard Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, provides transaction processing and other payment-related services in the United States and internationally. MasterCard Incorporated has a market cap of $61.0 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.6, above 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 Monday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate MasterCard Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MasterCard Incorporated 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, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full MasterCard Incorporated Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Virgin Media ( VMED) is up $0.92 (2.0%) to $48.11 on light volume Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Virgin Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.38-$48.19 after having opened the day at $47.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.19.

Virgin Media Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment and communications services in the United Kingdom. Virgin Media has a market cap of $12.8 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 28.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Virgin Media a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Virgin Media as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Virgin Media Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Home Depot ( HD) is up $0.42 (0.6%) to $69.89 on average volume Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.55-$70.40 after having opened the day at $69.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.47.

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 $104.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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2. As of noon trading, eBay ( EBAY) is up $0.39 (0.8%) to $51.70 on average volume Thus far, 6.2 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.10-$51.93 after having opened the day at $51.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.31.

eBay Inc. provides online platforms, tools, and services to help individuals and merchants in online and mobile commerce and payments in the United States and internationally. eBay has a market cap of $69.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 22 analysts that rate eBay a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates eBay as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full eBay Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Netflix ( NFLX) is up $10.01 (5.5%) to $190.80 on heavy volume Thus far, 4.1 million shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $183.60-$191.00 after having opened the day at $184.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $180.79.

Netflix, Inc. provides Internet television network service that enables subscribers to stream TV shows and movies directly on TVs, computers, and mobile devices in the United States and internationally. Netflix has a market cap of $10.2 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 625.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 95.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Netflix a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 17 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Netflix as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Netflix 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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