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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