3 Stocks Boosting The Services Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 22 points (-0.2%) at 14,556 as of Monday, April 1, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 762 issues advancing vs. 2,184 declining with 121 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 1.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.6%. A company within the sector that increased today was Priceline.com ( PCLN), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include United Continental Holdings ( UAL), down 2.5%, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), down 2.3%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 2.3%, Canadian Pacific Railway ( CP), down 2.4% and CSX ( CSX), down 2.0%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

3. GameStop ( GME) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, GameStop is up $1.68 (6.0%) to $29.65 on heavy volume Thus far, 3.7 million shares of GameStop exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.93-$29.98 after having opened the day at $28.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.97.

GameStop Corp. operates as a video game retailer. GameStop has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate GameStop a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates GameStop as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full GameStop Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, eBay ( EBAY) is up $1.91 (3.5%) to $56.13 on heavy volume Thus far, 12.1 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.60-$56.75 after having opened the day at $55.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.22.

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 $70.2 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is up $0.90 (1.2%) to $75.73 on average volume Thus far, 4.8 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 $74.90-$75.93 after having opened the day at $74.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.83.

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 $246.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share 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 3 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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