Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Services Sector

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 62 points (-0.4%) at 14,778 as of Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 958 issues advancing vs. 1,966 declining with 114 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 1.00 versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.42. Top gainers within the sector include Liberty Media Corporation ( LMCA), up 7.0%, Western Union Company ( WU), up 5.2%, Tim Hortons ( THI), up 4.0%, Comcast ( CMCSK), up 1.6% and CVS Caremark ( CVS), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include WEX ( WEX), down 9.45, WEX ( WXS), down 9.45, Amazon.com ( AMZN), down 2.92, MasterCard Incorporated ( MA), down 2.56 and Fiserv ( FISV), down 2.57.

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

5. Sirius XM Radio ( SIRI) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Sirius XM Radio is up $0.08 (2.46) to $3.33 on heavy volume Thus far, 45.9 million shares of Sirius XM Radio exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 46.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $3.23-$3.35 after having opened the day at $3.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.25.

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 $19.7 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Sirius XM Radio a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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 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 Sirius XM Radio Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Whole Foods Market ( WFM) is up $1.34 (1.52) to $89.66 on average volume Thus far, 924,972 shares of Whole Foods Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.34-$89.74 after having opened the day at $88.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.32.

Whole Foods Market, Inc. owns and operates a chain of natural and organic foods supermarkets. The company offers produce, grocery, meat and poultry, seafood, bakery, prepared foods and catering, coffee and tea, nutritional supplements, and vitamins. Whole Foods Market has a market cap of $16.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 33.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Whole Foods Market a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whole Foods Market as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income 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 Whole Foods Market Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Liberty Global ( LBTYA) is up $1.74 (2.40) to $74.11 on average volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Liberty Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.24-$74.22 after having opened the day at $72.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.37.

Liberty Global, Inc. provides video, broadband Internet, and telephony services to residential and business customers primarily in Europe and Chile. The company operates in three segments: UPC/Unity Division, Telenet, and VTR Group. Liberty Global has a market cap of $10.3 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 14.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Liberty Global a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Liberty Global as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. Get the full Liberty Global Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, CBS Corporation ( CBS) is up $0.63 (1.37) to $46.41 on average volume Thus far, 3.0 million shares of CBS Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.47-$46.48 after having opened the day at $45.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.78.

CBS Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a mass media company in the United States and internationally. CBS Corporation has a market cap of $26.4 billion and is part of the media 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 20.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate CBS Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBS Corporation 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, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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 CBS Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Virgin Media ( VMED) is up $0.78 (1.60) to $49.56 on light volume Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Virgin Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.68-$49.62 after having opened the day at $48.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.78.

Virgin Media Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment and communications services in the United Kingdom. Virgin Media has a market cap of $13.2 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 33.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Virgin Media a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Virgin Media 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, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. 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 Virgin Media 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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