5 Services Stocks Moving The Sector Upward

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 23 points (-0.2%) at 15,060 as of Friday, May 10, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,550 issues advancing vs. 1,371 declining with 121 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Liberty Media Corporation ( LMCA), up 10.4%, Advisory Board Company ( ABCO), up 9.8%, Gap ( GPS), up 5.1%, Expedia ( EXPE), up 3.9% and Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), up 3.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include L Brands ( LTD), down 1.88, Best Buy ( BBY), down 1.56, Western Union Company ( WU), down 1.09 and Carnival Corporation ( CCL), down 0.58.

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

5. Macy's ( M) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Macy's is up $0.59 (1.27) to $47.04 on light volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Macy's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.58-$47.18 after having opened the day at $46.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.45.

Macy's, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates stores and Internet Websites in the United States. Macy's has a market cap of $18.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Macy's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macy's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Macy's Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Starbucks Corporation ( SBUX) is up $0.60 (0.95) to $62.96 on average volume Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Starbucks Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.39-$63.19 after having opened the day at $62.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.36.

Starbucks Corporation operates as a roaster, marketer, and retailer of specialty coffee worldwide. As of September 30, 2012, the company operated 9,405 company-operated stores and 8,661 licensed stores. Starbucks Corporation has a market cap of $46.7 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Starbucks Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starbucks Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Starbucks Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, MasterCard Incorporated ( MA) is up $3.53 (0.64) to $555.41 on light volume Thus far, 205,995 shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 577,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $552.07-$557.30 after having opened the day at $553.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $551.88.

MasterCard Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, provides transaction processing and other payment-related services in the United States and internationally. MasterCard Incorporated has a market cap of $64.7 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate MasterCard Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MasterCard Incorporated as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, 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 MasterCard Incorporated Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is up $0.73 (1.28) to $57.74 on light volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.00-$57.74 after having opened the day at $57.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.01.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $47.0 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Las Vegas Sands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Las Vegas Sands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Las Vegas Sands Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Priceline.com ( PCLN) is up $27.69 (3.75) to $765.19 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Priceline.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 601,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $742.00-$769.67 after having opened the day at $742.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $737.50.

priceline.com Incorporated operates as a online travel company. Priceline.com has a market cap of $36.8 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Priceline.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Priceline.com as a buy. 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Priceline.com 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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