Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Services Sector

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 3 points (0.0%) at 15,304 as of Thursday, May 23, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 979 issues advancing vs. 1,985 declining with 110 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.07 versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.37. Top gainers within the sector include rue21 ( RUE), up 22.7%, Lender Processing Services ( LPS), up 12.3%, Liberty Media Corporation ( LMCA), up 12.1%, Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation ( LGF), up 4.6% and United Continental Holdings ( UAL), up 2.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 4.01, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN), down 2.25, Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD), down 1.70, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), down 1.77 and Sysco Corporation ( SYY), down 1.53.

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

5. Expeditors International of Washington ( EXPD) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Expeditors International of Washington is up $1.24 (3.25) to $39.54 on average volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Expeditors International of Washington exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.00-$39.68 after having opened the day at $38.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.30.

Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. provides logistics services in the United States and internationally. Expeditors International of Washington has a market cap of $8.0 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Expeditors International of Washington a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Expeditors International of Washington as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, 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 poor profit margins and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Expeditors International of Washington Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Southwest Airlines ( LUV) is up $0.32 (2.32) to $14.36 on heavy volume Thus far, 5.5 million shares of Southwest Airlines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.87-$14.40 after having opened the day at $13.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.03.

Southwest Airlines Co. operates passenger airlines that provide scheduled air transportation services in the United States. As of December 31, 2012, the company operated 694 aircraft, including 606 Boeing 737 aircraft and 88 Boeing 717 aircraft. Southwest Airlines has a market cap of $10.3 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 37.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Southwest Airlines a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southwest Airlines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Southwest Airlines Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Dollar Tree Stores ( DLTR) is up $1.96 (4.05) to $50.33 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Dollar Tree Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.63-$51.20 after having opened the day at $49.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.37.

Dollar Tree, Inc. operates discount variety stores in the United States and Canada. Its stores offer merchandise at the fixed price of $1.00. Dollar Tree Stores has a market cap of $11.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Dollar Tree Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dollar Tree Stores 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, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Dollar Tree Stores Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Dollar General Corporation ( DG) is up $0.88 (1.63) to $54.74 on average volume Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.46-$54.81 after having opened the day at $53.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.86.

Dollar General Corporation, a discount retailer, engages in the provision of various merchandise products in the United States. Dollar General Corporation has a market cap of $17.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Dollar General Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dollar General Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Dollar General Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Whole Foods Market ( WFM) is up $0.99 (0.96) to $104.54 on average volume Thus far, 930,155 shares of Whole Foods Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $102.30-$104.71 after having opened the day at $102.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $103.55.

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 $19.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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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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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