5 Stocks Advancing The Services Sector

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 14 points (0.1%) at 15,368 as of Monday, May 20, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,885 issues advancing vs. 1,048 declining with 118 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Websense ( WBSN), up 28.6%, Liberty Media Corporation ( LMCA), up 14.4%, Rite Aid Corporation ( RAD), up 7.5%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 5.0% and Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), up 4.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Team ( TISI), down 17.14, Alaska Air Group ( ALK), down 4.57, Safeway ( SWY), down 2.43, Bed Bath & Beyond ( BBBY), down 2.16 and CarMax ( KMX), down 1.89.

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

5. Cardinal Health ( CAH) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Cardinal Health is up $0.46 (0.96) to $48.25 on light volume Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Cardinal Health exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.68-$48.40 after having opened the day at $47.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.79.

Cardinal Health, Inc., a healthcare services company, provides pharmaceutical and medical products and services in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Pharmaceutical and Medical. Cardinal Health has a market cap of $16.1 billion and is part of the wholesale industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Cardinal Health a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cardinal Health as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Cardinal Health Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, MGM Resorts International ( MGM) is up $0.28 (1.82) to $15.62 on light volume Thus far, 3.0 million shares of MGM Resorts International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.27-$15.66 after having opened the day at $15.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.34.

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 $7.5 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 31.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate MGM Resorts International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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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3. As of noon trading, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN) is up $2.25 (1.60) to $143.24 on average volume Thus far, 682,154 shares of Wynn Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $141.05-$143.56 after having opened the day at $141.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $140.99.

Wynn Resorts, Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the development, ownership, and operation of destination casino resorts. Wynn Resorts has a market cap of $14.1 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Wynn Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wynn Resorts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Wynn Resorts Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, FedEx Corporation ( FDX) is up $0.83 (0.83) to $100.88 on average volume Thus far, 1.2 million shares of FedEx Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $99.60-$101.50 after having opened the day at $100.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $100.05.

FedEx Corporation provides transportation, e-commerce, and business services in the United States and internationally. It operates in four segments: FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Freight, and FedEx Services. FedEx Corporation has a market cap of $31.4 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate FedEx Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates FedEx Corporation 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, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full FedEx Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is up $0.54 (0.93) to $59.18 on light volume Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.59-$59.26 after having opened the day at $58.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.64.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $47.8 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 Las Vegas Sands 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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