Services Stocks On The Rise With Help From 5 Stocks

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 8 points (0.1%) at 15,256 as of Monday, June 10, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,353 issues advancing vs. 1,578 declining with 107 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Liberty Media Corporation ( LMCA), up 15.5%, MGM Resorts International ( MGM), up 2.6%, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), up 1.8%, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN), up 1.8% and Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), up 1.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Cencosud ( CNCO), down 3.65, Liberty Global ( LBTYA), down 2.28, Discovery Communications ( DISCA), down 1.68, W.W. Grainger ( GWW), down 1.42 and Canadian Pacific Railway ( CP), down 1.40.

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

5. Walgreen Company ( WAG) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Walgreen Company is up $0.43 (0.87) to $49.85 on light volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Walgreen Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.35-$49.98 after having opened the day at $49.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.42.

Walgreen Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates a network of drugstores in the United States. It provides consumer goods and services, pharmacy, and health and wellness services through drugstores, as well as through mail, and by telephone and online. Walgreen Company has a market cap of $45.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 33.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Walgreen Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walgreen Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Walgreen Company Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, CVS Caremark ( CVS) is up $0.34 (0.58) to $58.83 on average volume Thus far, 2.4 million shares of CVS Caremark exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.50-$59.29 after having opened the day at $58.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.49.

CVS Caremark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated pharmacy health care services in the United States. CVS Caremark has a market cap of $70.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate CVS Caremark a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CVS Caremark as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full CVS Caremark Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, McDonald's Corporation ( MCD) is up $1.39 (1.41) to $99.67 on average volume Thus far, 3.4 million shares of McDonald's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $99.12-$100.18 after having opened the day at $99.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $98.28.

McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the United States, Europe, the Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Latin America. Its restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menus. McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $96.9 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate McDonald's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income 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 McDonald's Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Visa ( V) is up $2.62 (1.46) to $182.56 on average volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $179.63-$183.14 after having opened the day at $180.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $179.94.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, engages in the operation of retail electronic payments network worldwide. It facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. Visa has a market cap of $92.9 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 49.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Visa Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, eBay ( EBAY) is up $1.61 (3.12) to $53.06 on average volume Thus far, 5.8 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.60-$53.27 after having opened the day at $51.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.45.

eBay Inc. provides online platforms, tools, and services to help individuals and merchants in online and mobile commerce and payments in the United States and internationally. eBay has a market cap of $66.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 23 analysts that rate eBay a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates eBay as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full eBay 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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