5 Stocks Advancing The Services Sector

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 97 points (0.7%) at 14,670 as of Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,756 issues advancing vs. 1,114 declining with 151 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), up 7.2%, Urban Outfitters ( URBN), up 4.8%, Luxottica Group ( LUX), up 2.6%, Liberty Global ( LBTYK), up 2.5% and Grupo Televisa S.A ( TV), up 2.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include United Continental Holdings ( UAL), down 4.0%, and Southwest Airlines ( LUV), down 3.7%.

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

5. Lowe's Companies ( LOW) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Lowe's Companies is up $0.35 (0.9%) to $37.87 on light volume Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.59-$37.99 after having opened the day at $37.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.52.

Lowe's Companies, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a home improvement retailer. It offers a range of products for maintenance, repair, remodeling, and home decorating. Lowe's Companies has a market cap of $42.6 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 5.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Lowe's Companies a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lowe's Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Lowe's Companies Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, MasterCard Incorporated ( MA) is up $3.24 (0.6%) to $540.47 on light volume Thus far, 218,303 shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 718,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $539.02-$543.99 after having opened the day at $540.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $537.23.

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 $63.8 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.4% 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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3. As of noon trading, Virgin Media ( VMED) is up $0.77 (1.6%) to $50.01 on light volume Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Virgin Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.16-$50.06 after having opened the day at $49.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.24.

Virgin Media Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment and communications services in the United Kingdom. Virgin Media has a market cap of $13.2 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 34.0% 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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2. As of noon trading, Home Depot ( HD) is up $1.01 (1.4%) to $70.68 on average volume Thus far, 3.0 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 $69.83-$70.75 after having opened the day at $69.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.67.

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 $104.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.6% 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Home Depot Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, McDonald's Corporation ( MCD) is up $0.86 (0.9%) to $99.92 on light volume Thus far, 1.8 million shares of McDonald's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $99.02-$99.95 after having opened the day at $99.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $99.05.

McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the United States, Europe, the Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Latin America. Its restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menus. McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $100.0 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.6, 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 13 analysts that rate McDonald's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. 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 McDonald's 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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