3 Services Stocks Driving The Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 155 points (-1.0%) at 15,255 as of Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 466 issues advancing vs. 2,548 declining with 68 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.96 versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.89. Top gainers within the sector include Stewart ( STEI), up 33.8%, and Service Corporation International ( SCI), up 5.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD), down 4.10, Delta Air Lines ( DAL), down 3.69, Luxottica Group ( LUX), down 2.81, McKesson ( MCK), down 2.52 and Genuine Parts Company ( GPC), down 2.61.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

3. Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Sears Holdings Corporation is up $1.57 (3.21) to $50.55 on heavy volume Thus far, 886,383 shares of Sears Holdings Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 833,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.20-$50.70 after having opened the day at $48.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.98.

Sears Holdings Corporation operates as a specialty retailer in the United States and Canada. The company's Kmart segment operates stores that sell merchandise under Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer labels; and Sears brand products, such as Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard. Sears Holdings Corporation has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 21.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Sears Holdings Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sears Holdings Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Sears Holdings Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Liberty Media Corporation ( LMCA) is up $14.02 (12.76) to $123.84 on average volume Thus far, 247,726 shares of Liberty Media Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 432,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $123.64-$125.36 after having opened the day at $124.16 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 $13.9 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 8.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS) is up $1.12 (1.81) to $63.10 on heavy volume Thus far, 9.2 million shares of Michael Kors Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.12-$64.29 after having opened the day at $63.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.98.

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 $12.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 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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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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