5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 30 points (-0.2%) at 15,089 as of Monday, May 13, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,245 issues advancing vs. 1,704 declining with 112 unchanged.

The Services sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Liberty Media Corporation ( LMCA), up 11.9%, Kansas City Southern ( KSU), up 1.6%, Charter Communications ( CHTR), up 1.5%, Western Union Company ( WU), up 1.4% and Nordstrom ( JWN), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Gap ( GPS), down 1.85, CH Robinson Worldwide ( CHRW), down 1.85, AutoZone ( AZO), down 1.62, Delta Air Lines ( DAL), down 1.54 and Southwest Airlines ( LUV), down 1.34.

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

5. Whole Foods Market ( WFM) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Whole Foods Market is up $1.15 (1.14) to $102.04 on average volume Thus far, 986,887 shares of Whole Foods Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $100.10-$102.27 after having opened the day at $100.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $100.89.

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 $18.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 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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4. As of noon trading, CBS Corporation ( CBS) is up $0.43 (0.90) to $48.18 on light volume Thus far, 1.8 million shares of CBS Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.54-$48.19 after having opened the day at $47.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.75.

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 $26.8 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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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3. As of noon trading, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS) is up $0.93 (1.54) to $61.29 on average volume Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Michael Kors Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.80-$62.25 after having opened the day at $61.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.36.

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 $11.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.9, 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 Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Michael Kors Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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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2. As of noon trading, Directv ( DTV) is up $0.46 (0.72) to $64.26 on light volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Directv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.50-$64.26 after having opened the day at $63.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.80.

DIRECTV provides digital television entertainment in the United States and Latin America. The company engages in acquiring, promoting, selling, and distributing digital entertainment programming primarily through satellite to residential and commercial subscribers. Directv has a market cap of $35.2 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Directv a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Directv as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Directv Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Netflix ( NFLX) is up $9.52 (4.37) to $227.21 on heavy volume Thus far, 3.7 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 $217.14-$228.73 after having opened the day at $217.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $217.69.

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 $12.2 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 515.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 133.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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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