5 Stocks Boosting The Services Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 100 points (0.7%) at 14,812 as of Monday, April 29, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,173 issues advancing vs. 733 declining with 124 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Moody's Corporation ( MCO), up 8.6%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), up 3.2%, McGraw-Hill Companies ( MHP), up 3.0%, Bed Bath & Beyond ( BBBY), up 2.6% and Tyco International ( TYC), up 2.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Choice Hotels International ( CHH), down 7.48, Expedia ( EXPE), down 3.01, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), down 1.03 and Amazon.com ( AMZN), down 0.97.

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

5. Lowe's Companies ( LOW) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Lowe's Companies is up $0.70 (1.86) to $38.40 on average volume Thus far, 5.0 million shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.56-$38.44 after having opened the day at $37.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.70.

Lowe's Companies, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It offers products for maintenance, repair, remodeling, and home decorating. Lowe's Companies has a market cap of $41.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lowe's Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Lowe's Companies Ratings Report now.

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