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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