5 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Services Sector

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 31 points (-0.2%) at 14,506 as of Friday, April 19, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,094 issues advancing vs. 778 declining with 149 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.7%. Top gainers within the sector include Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG), up 9.8%, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), up 3.1%, CarMax ( KMX), up 3.0%, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN), up 2.9% and CBS Corporation ( CBS), up 2.9%.

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

5. Walt Disney ( DIS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Walt Disney is up $1.23 (2.04) to $61.22 on average volume Thus far, 5.0 million shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.25-$61.34 after having opened the day at $60.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.99.

The Walt Disney Company operates as an entertainment company worldwide. Its Media Networks segment engages in broadcast television network, television production and distribution, television stations, broadcast radio networks and stations, and publishing and digital operations. Walt Disney has a market cap of $109.6 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Walt Disney Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Home Depot ( HD) is up $1.31 (1.81) to $73.79 on average volume Thus far, 4.6 million shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.72-$73.83 after having opened the day at $72.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.48.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $107.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.3, above 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 Home Depot as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Home Depot Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Comcast ( CMCSA) is up $0.34 (0.85) to $40.33 on average volume Thus far, 8.2 million shares of Comcast exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.66-$40.41 after having opened the day at $39.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.99.

Comcast Corporation operates as a media and technology company worldwide. It operates through Cable Communications, Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment, and Theme Parks segments. Comcast has a market cap of $86.3 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Comcast as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Comcast Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is up $0.97 (1.26) to $78.13 on average volume Thus far, 4.2 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.40-$78.44 after having opened the day at $77.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.16.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $258.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Wal-Mart Stores Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is up $1.64 (0.63) to $261.06 on average volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $257.50-$262.88 after having opened the day at $258.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $259.42.

Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. The company operates in two segments, North America and International. Amazon.com has a market cap of $121.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 6.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amazon.com as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, robust revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Amazon.com 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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