5 Services Stocks On The Rise

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 64 points (0.4%) at 14,866 as of Thursday, April 11, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,808 issues advancing vs. 1,100 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include Rite Aid Corporation ( RAD), up 18.9%, Ross Stores ( ROST), up 7.2%, L Brands ( LTD), up 5.4%, CarMax ( KMX), up 3.3% and Nordstrom ( JWN), up 3.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG), down 1.19, and Shaw Communications ( SJR), down 1.48.

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

5. Liberty Global ( LBTYA) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Liberty Global is up $1.85 (2.51) to $75.64 on average volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Liberty Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.00-$75.64 after having opened the day at $74.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.79.

Liberty Global, Inc. provides video, broadband Internet, and telephony services to residential and business customers primarily in Europe and Chile. The company operates in three segments: UPC/Unity Division, Telenet, and VTR Group. Liberty Global has a market cap of $10.4 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 17.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Liberty Global as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. Get the full Liberty Global Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, CVS Caremark ( CVS) is up $0.96 (1.69) to $57.92 on average volume Thus far, 3.4 million shares of CVS Caremark exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.05-$58.29 after having opened the day at $57.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.96.

CVS Caremark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated pharmacy health care services in the United States. CVS Caremark has a market cap of $70.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates CVS Caremark as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full CVS Caremark Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Target ( TGT) is up $0.47 (0.68) to $69.33 on light volume Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Target exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.98-$69.91 after having opened the day at $69.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.86.

Target Corporation operates general merchandise stores in the United States. Target has a market cap of $44.2 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Target as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and growth in earnings per share. 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 Target Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, McDonald's Corporation ( MCD) is up $0.96 (0.95) to $102.45 on light volume Thus far, 1.7 million shares of McDonald's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $101.34-$102.46 after having opened the day at $101.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $101.49.

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 $101.3 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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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1. As of noon trading, eBay ( EBAY) is up $0.45 (0.79) to $57.75 on light volume Thus far, 2.9 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.21-$57.96 after having opened the day at $57.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.30.

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 $72.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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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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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