5 Stocks Moving The Services Sector Upward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 36 points (0.3%) at 14,562 as of Thursday, March 28, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,626 issues advancing vs. 1,256 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Signet Jewelers ( SIG), up 6.5%, GameStop ( GME), up 5.2%, Kansas City Southern ( KSU), up 2.8%, InterContinental Hotels Group ( IHG), up 2.9% and Royal Caribbean Cruises ( RCL), up 2.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Synnex Corporation ( SNX), down 9.5%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), down 3.6%, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), down 1.4%, LATAM Airlines Group S.A ( LFL), down 1.2% and Priceline.com ( PCLN), down 1.1%.

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

5. Comcast ( CMCSK) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Comcast is up $0.23 (0.6%) to $39.61 on light volume Thus far, 653,477 shares of Comcast exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.31-$39.64 after having opened the day at $39.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.38.

Comcast Corporation operates as a media and technology company worldwide. It operates through Cable Communications, Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment, and Theme Parks segments. Comcast has a market cap of $19.9 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Comcast a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Comcast 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, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Comcast Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Norfolk Southern Corporation ( NSC) is up $0.57 (0.8%) to $76.85 on light volume Thus far, 687,662 shares of Norfolk Southern Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.04-$77.42 after having opened the day at $76.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.28.

Norfolk Southern Corporation engages in the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products, and finished goods in the United States. Norfolk Southern Corporation has a market cap of $25.4 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Norfolk Southern Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

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

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3. As of noon trading, McGraw-Hill Companies ( MHP) is up $1.59 (3.2%) to $52.05 on average volume Thus far, 1.7 million shares of McGraw-Hill Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.33-$52.38 after having opened the day at $50.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.46.

The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. provides information services for the financial, commodities and commercial, and education markets worldwide. McGraw-Hill Companies has a market cap of $14.2 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate McGraw-Hill Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McGraw-Hill Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full McGraw-Hill Companies Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, CSX ( CSX) is up $0.19 (0.8%) to $24.54 on light volume Thus far, 2.5 million shares of CSX exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.32-$24.67 after having opened the day at $24.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.35.

CSX Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides rail-based transportation services. It offers traditional rail services, and transports intermodal containers and trailers. CSX has a market cap of $24.6 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate CSX a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CSX as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full CSX Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, CBS Corporation ( CBS) is up $0.52 (1.1%) to $46.68 on light volume Thus far, 2.4 million shares of CBS Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.12-$46.77 after having opened the day at $46.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.16.

CBS Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a mass media company in the United States and internationally. CBS Corporation has a market cap of $26.8 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate CBS Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBS Corporation 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, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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 CBS Corporation 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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