5 Stocks Boosting The Services 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 up 4 points (0.0%) at 14,823 as of Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,672 issues advancing vs. 1,218 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Texas Roadhouse ( TXRH), up 12.5%, Wesco Aircraft Holdings ( WAIR), up 11.8%, Best Buy ( BBY), up 8.1%, Macquarie Infrastructure Company ( MIC), up 6.4% and Sirius XM Radio ( SIRI), up 3.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Qiagen ( QGEN), down 4.11, Jacobs Engineering Group ( JEC), down 2.25, DISH Network ( DISH), down 1.92, J.B. Hunt Transport Services ( JBHT), down 1.81 and Charter Communications ( CHTR), down 1.46.

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

5. Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Melco Crown Entertainment is up $0.55 (2.27) to $24.75 on average volume Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Melco Crown Entertainment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.02-$24.93 after having opened the day at $24.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.20.

Melco Crown Entertainment Limited, through its subsidiaries, develops, owns, and operates casino gaming and entertainment resort facilities in Macau. Melco Crown Entertainment has a market cap of $13.4 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 44.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Melco Crown Entertainment as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Melco Crown Entertainment Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Western Union Company ( WU) is up $0.35 (2.39) to $14.99 on average volume Thus far, 4.9 million shares of Western Union Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.50-$14.99 after having opened the day at $14.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.64.

The Western Union Company provides money movement and payment services worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Consumer-to-Consumer, Consumer-to-Business, and Business Solutions. The Consumer-to-Consumer segment offers cash money transfer services involving walk-in agent locations. Western Union Company has a market cap of $8.2 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Western Union Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Western Union Company Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Staples ( SPLS) is up $0.24 (1.86) to $13.16 on average volume Thus far, 7.7 million shares of Staples exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.83-$13.25 after having opened the day at $12.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.92.

Staples, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an office products company. It operates in three segments: North American Stores & Online, North American Commercial, and International Operations. Staples has a market cap of $8.6 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are up 13.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Staples as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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 Staples Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, McGraw-Hill Companies ( MHP) is up $1.11 (2.08) to $54.56 on average volume Thus far, 1.8 million shares of McGraw-Hill Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.56-$54.92 after having opened the day at $54.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.45.

The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. provides information services for the financial, commodities and commercial, and education markets worldwide. McGraw-Hill Companies has a market cap of $14.5 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates McGraw-Hill Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full McGraw-Hill Companies Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS) is up $0.87 (1.56) to $56.92 on light volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Michael Kors Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.55-$57.00 after having opened the day at $56.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.05.

Michael Kors Holdings Limited engages in the design, marketing, distribution, and retail of branded women's apparel and accessories, and men's apparel. The company sells its products primarily under the names of Michael Kors, MICHAEL KORS, MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS, and KORS MICHAEL KORS. Michael Kors Holdings has a market cap of $11.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Michael Kors Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, notable return on equity and robust revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock itself is trading at a premium valuation. Get the full Michael Kors Holdings 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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