Today's Top Performers In Services

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 15 points (0.1%) at 14,565 as of Thursday, April 4, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,512 issues advancing vs. 1,354 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Services sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Liquidity Service ( LQDT), up 12.5%, Panera Bread Company ( PNRA), up 4.0%, Macy's ( M), up 2.8%, Alaska Air Group ( ALK), up 2.5% and Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), up 2.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Genesee & Wyoming ( GWR), down 3.0%, AutoNation ( AN), down 2.0%, Norfolk Southern Corporation ( NSC), down 1.8%, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), down 1.7% and CSX ( CSX), down 1.4%.

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

5. Charter Communications ( CHTR) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Charter Communications is up $1.58 (1.5%) to $103.86 on light volume Thus far, 327,126 shares of Charter Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $101.79-$104.05 after having opened the day at $102.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $102.28.

Charter Communications, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment, information, and communications solutions to residential and commercial customers in the United States. Charter Communications has a market cap of $10.5 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 36.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Charter Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charter Communications as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Charter Communications Ratings Report now.

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