5 Services Stocks Driving The Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 78 points (-0.5%) at 14,583 as of Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 720 issues advancing vs. 2,193 declining with 115 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.7%. Top gainers within the sector include Abercrombie & Fitch ( ANF), up 4.1%, Panera Bread Company ( PNRA), up 3.6%, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), up 2.3% and Expeditors International of Washington ( EXPD), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Global Payments ( GPN), down 7.9%, Delta Air Lines ( DAL), down 4.3%, Delhaize Group ( DEG), down 4.1%, Genesee & Wyoming ( GWR), down 3.9% and Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), down 3.7%.

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

5. Kohl's ( KSS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Kohl's is up $0.57 (1.2%) to $46.28 on average volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Kohl's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.83-$46.79 after having opened the day at $45.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.71.

Kohl's Corporation operates department stores in the United States. Its stores offer private, exclusive, and national branded apparel, footwear, and accessories for women, men, and children; soft home products, such as sheets and pillows; and housewares targeted to middle-income customers. Kohl's has a market cap of $10.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Kohl's a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kohl's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels 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 Kohl's Ratings Report now.

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