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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