5 Stocks Raising The Services Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 5 points (0.0%) at 15,100 as of Thursday, May 9, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,176 issues advancing vs. 1,742 declining with 136 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.21. Top gainers within the sector include Cosi ( COSI), up -0.3%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 23.9%, Orbitz Worldwide ( OWW), up 23.4%, Liberty Media Corporation ( LMCA), up 10.4% and Pandora Media ( P), up 6.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include LivePerson ( LPSN), down 34.04, Starz ( STRZA), down 6.68, Liberty Entertainment Group Series A ( LSTZA), down 6.66, Liberty Global ( LBTYA), down 4.03 and Delta Air Lines ( DAL), down 3.30.

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

5. MGM Resorts International ( MGM) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, MGM Resorts International is up $0.48 (3.25) to $15.18 on heavy volume Thus far, 14.0 million shares of MGM Resorts International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.68-$15.19 after having opened the day at $14.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.70.

MGM Resorts International, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns and/or operates casino resorts. The company operates in two segments, Wholly Owned Domestic Resorts and MGM China. Its resorts offer gaming, hotel, convention, dining, entertainment, retail, and other resort amenities. MGM Resorts International has a market cap of $7.2 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 26.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate MGM Resorts International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MGM Resorts International as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and generally high debt management risk. Get the full MGM Resorts International Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, TJX Companies ( TJX) is up $0.34 (0.67) to $50.74 on average volume Thus far, 1.8 million shares of TJX Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.39-$51.22 after having opened the day at $50.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.40.

The TJX Companies, Inc. operates as an off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the United States and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Marmaxx, HomeGoods, TJX Canada, and TJX Europe. TJX Companies has a market cap of $36.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate TJX Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TJX Companies 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, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full TJX Companies Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Best Buy ( BBY) is up $0.43 (1.68) to $25.94 on light volume Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Best Buy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.45-$26.14 after having opened the day at $25.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.51.

Best Buy Co., Inc. operates as a retailer of consumer electronics, computing and mobile phone products, entertainment products, appliances, and related services primarily in the United States, Europe, Canada, and China. Best Buy has a market cap of $8.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 115.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Best Buy a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Best Buy as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally high debt management risk. Get the full Best Buy Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is up $2.38 (0.92) to $261.06 on light volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $256.88-$261.25 after having opened the day at $258.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $258.68.

Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. The company operates in two segments, North America and International. Amazon.com has a market cap of $117.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 2.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Netflix ( NFLX) is up $6.38 (3.06) to $214.99 on average volume Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $206.52-$215.75 after having opened the day at $208.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $208.61.

Netflix, Inc. provides Internet television network service that enables subscribers to stream TV shows and movies directly on TVs, computers, and mobile devices in the United States and internationally. Netflix has a market cap of $11.6 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 491.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 122.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Netflix a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Netflix as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Netflix 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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