Services Stocks On The Rise With Help From 5 Stocks

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 40 points (-0.3%) at 14,679 as of Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,751 issues advancing vs. 1,159 declining with 143 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.08 versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Lumber Liquidators Holdings ( LL), up 11.9%, Ryder System ( R), up 7.0%, FedEx Corporation ( FDX), up 1.6%, Magna International ( MGA), up 1.3% and McDonald's Corporation ( MCD), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include DeVry ( DV), down 21.10, Robert Half International ( RHI), down 11.17, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation ( WYN), down 6.32, Total System Services ( TSS), down 4.28 and Delhaize Group ( DEG), down 3.15.

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

5. Canadian National Railway ( CNI) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Canadian National Railway is up $0.60 (0.63) to $95.12 on average volume Thus far, 320,966 shares of Canadian National Railway exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 660,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $94.50-$95.61 after having opened the day at $94.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.52.

Canadian National Railway Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in rail and related transportation business in North America. Canadian National Railway has a market cap of $40.6 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Canadian National Railway 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, notable return on equity 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 Canadian National Railway Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Sirius XM Radio ( SIRI) is up $0.03 (0.96) to $3.14 on light volume Thus far, 8.0 million shares of Sirius XM Radio exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 47.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $3.12-$3.15 after having opened the day at $3.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.11.

Sirius XM Radio Inc. provides satellite radio services in the United States and Canada. The company broadcasts music, sports, entertainment, comedy, talk, news, traffic, and weather channels on subscription fee basis through two satellite radio systems. Sirius XM Radio has a market cap of $19.5 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sirius XM Radio as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Sirius XM Radio Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN) is up $1.63 (1.26) to $131.00 on average volume Thus far, 808,763 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 $129.92-$131.63 after having opened the day at $130.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $129.37.

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 $13.0 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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, Yum Brands ( YUM) is up $4.84 (7.55) to $69.00 on heavy volume Thus far, 7.0 million shares of Yum Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.76-$69.78 after having opened the day at $68.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.15.

YUM! Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates quick service restaurants in the United States and internationally. It operates in six segments: YUM Restaurants China, YUM Restaurants International, Taco Bell U.S., KFC U.S., Pizza Hut U.S., and YUM Restaurants India. Yum Brands has a market cap of $29.4 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yum Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. 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 Yum Brands Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is up $0.66 (1.23) to $54.50 on light volume Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.08-$54.63 after having opened the day at $54.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.84.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $44.0 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Las Vegas Sands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Las Vegas Sands 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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