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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