4 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 34 points (-0.2%) at 14,831 as of Friday, April 12, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 825 issues advancing vs. 2,080 declining with 130 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.40 versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.51. Top gainers within the sector include Liberty Media Corporation ( LMCA), up 2.6%, Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG), up 2.3%, Home Depot ( HD), up 2.1%, McDonald's Corporation ( MCD), up 1.3% and CSX ( CSX), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include J.B. Hunt Transport Services ( JBHT), down 2.99, CH Robinson Worldwide ( CHRW), down 2.95, Shaw Communications ( SJR), down 2.83, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), down 2.44 and MasterCard Incorporated ( MA), down 1.86.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

4. Sinclair Broadcast Group ( SBGI) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Sinclair Broadcast Group is up $3.34 (14.10) to $27.03 on heavy volume Thus far, 4.2 million shares of Sinclair Broadcast Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 911,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.90-$27.48 after having opened the day at $23.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.69.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., a television broadcasting company, owns or provides programming, operating, or sales services to television stations in the United States. Sinclair Broadcast Group has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 87.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sinclair Broadcast Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. 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 Sinclair Broadcast Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN) is up $1.62 (1.27) to $128.78 on average volume Thus far, 727,057 shares of Wynn Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $126.56-$128.79 after having opened the day at $127.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $127.16.

Wynn Resorts, Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the development, ownership, and operation of destination casino resorts. Wynn Resorts has a market cap of $12.8 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wynn Resorts as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Wynn Resorts Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Bed Bath & Beyond ( BBBY) is up $1.80 (2.81) to $65.80 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Bed Bath & Beyond exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.90-$65.98 after having opened the day at $64.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.00.

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates a chain of retail stores. Bed Bath & Beyond has a market cap of $14.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bed Bath & Beyond as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Bed Bath & Beyond Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Macy's ( M) is up $0.36 (0.82) to $44.68 on average volume Thus far, 3.5 million shares of Macy's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.19-$45.39 after having opened the day at $44.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.31.

Macy's, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates stores and Internet Websites in the United States. Its retail stores and Internet Web sites sell a range of merchandise, including apparel and accessories for men, women, and children; cosmetics; home furnishings; and other consumer goods. Macy's has a market cap of $17.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macy's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 Macy's Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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