5 Services Stocks Nudging The Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 3 points (0.0%) at 14,544 as of Monday, April 22, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,423 issues advancing vs. 1,490 declining with 125 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.21 versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Delhaize Group ( DEG), up 11.1%, Netflix ( NFLX), up 5.6%, Six Flags Entertainment ( SIX), up 5.3%, Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), up 2.1% and Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD), up 2.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste S.A.B. de ( ASR), down 6.08, Gap ( GPS), down 1.78, Genuine Parts Company ( GPC), down 1.49, Tyco International ( TYC), down 1.12 and McDonald's Corporation ( MCD), down 0.83.

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

5. Kroger ( KR) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Kroger is up $0.47 (1.39) to $34.18 on light volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Kroger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.69-$34.18 after having opened the day at $33.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.71.

The Kroger Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer in the United States. The company also manufactures and processes food for sale in its supermarkets. It operates retail food and drug stores, multi-department stores, jewelry stores, and convenience stores. Kroger has a market cap of $17.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kroger as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. 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 Kroger Ratings Report now.

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