5 Services Stocks Nudging The Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 30 points (-0.2%) at 15,264 as of Friday, May 24, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 947 issues advancing vs. 1,953 declining with 121 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.24 versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.46. Top gainers within the sector include Infoblox ( BLOX), up 13.1%, Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), up 2.1%, Alliance Data Systems Corporation ( ADS), up 1.9%, CVS Caremark ( CVS), up 1.2% and Visa ( V), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), down 14.77, Grupo Televisa S.A ( TV), down 2.60, LATAM Airlines Group S.A ( LFL), down 1.79, Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD), down 1.59 and Bed Bath & Beyond ( BBBY), down 1.57.

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

5. Liberty Media Corporation ( LMCA) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Liberty Media Corporation is up $14.57 (13.27) to $124.40 on average volume Thus far, 173,481 shares of Liberty Media Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 425,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $122.44-$124.70 after having opened the day at $122.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $109.83.

Liberty Media Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in media, communications, and entertainment businesses primarily in North America. Liberty Media Corporation has a market cap of $13.7 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 1.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Liberty Media Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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

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4. As of noon trading, Omnicom Group ( OMC) is up $0.66 (1.07) to $62.18 on average volume Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Omnicom Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.99-$62.22 after having opened the day at $61.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.52.

Omnicom Group Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides advertising, marketing, and corporate communications services in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia pacific. Omnicom Group has a market cap of $16.1 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Omnicom Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Omnicom Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Omnicom Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Ross Stores ( ROST) is up $0.57 (0.87) to $65.65 on average volume Thus far, 969,824 shares of Ross Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.32-$66.17 after having opened the day at $65.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.08.

Ross Stores, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates off-price retail apparel and home fashion stores under the Ross Dress for Less and dd's DISCOUNTS brand names in the United States. It primarily offers apparel, accessories, footwear, and home fashions for the entire family. Ross Stores has a market cap of $14.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Ross Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ross Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, 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 shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Ross Stores Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, TJX Companies ( TJX) is up $0.40 (0.80) to $50.70 on light volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of TJX Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.82-$50.70 after having opened the day at $50.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.30.

The TJX Companies, Inc. operates as an off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the United States and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Marmaxx, HomeGoods, TJX Canada, and TJX Europe. TJX Companies has a market cap of $36.2 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.2, 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 TJX Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TJX Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full TJX Companies Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, News Corporation ( NWSA) is up $0.23 (0.70) to $33.10 on average volume Thus far, 9.9 million shares of News Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.51-$33.30 after having opened the day at $32.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.87.

News Corporation operates as a diversified media company worldwide. News Corporation has a market cap of $50.4 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 30.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate News Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates News 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, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full News Corporation 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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