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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4. As of noon trading, Directv ( DTV) is up $0.89 (1.58) to $57.22 on light volume Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Directv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.22-$57.27 after having opened the day at $56.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.33.

DIRECTV provides digital television entertainment in the United States and Latin America. The company engages in acquiring, promoting, selling, and distributing digital entertainment programming primarily through satellite to residential and commercial subscribers. Directv has a market cap of $32.1 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 12.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Directv 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, increase in net income, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Directv Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, McDonald's Corporation ( MCD) is up $1.51 (1.50) to $102.40 on light volume Thus far, 1.8 million shares of McDonald's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $101.15-$102.44 after having opened the day at $101.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $100.89.

McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the United States, Europe, the Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Latin America. Its restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menus. McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $101.2 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in stock price during the past year 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 McDonald's Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Home Depot ( HD) is up $0.64 (0.87) to $73.99 on light volume Thus far, 2.5 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 $73.39-$74.02 after having opened the day at $73.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.35.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $108.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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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1. As of noon trading, eBay ( EBAY) is up $0.40 (0.76) to $52.94 on light volume Thus far, 3.0 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.21-$52.94 after having opened the day at $52.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.54.

eBay Inc. provides online platforms, tools, and services to help individuals and merchants in online and mobile commerce and payments in the United States and internationally. eBay has a market cap of $68.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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