Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Services Sector

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 127 points (0.8%) at 15,307 as of Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,604 issues advancing vs. 474 declining with 57 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include United Rentals ( URI), up 5.2%, Tim Hortons ( THI), up 3.6%, Sirius XM Radio ( SIRI), up 2.8%, Liberty Media Corporation ( LMCA), up 2.8% and Directv ( DTV), up 2.4%.

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

5. Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Wal-Mart Stores is up $0.56 (0.75) to $75.51 on light volume Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.80-$75.54 after having opened the day at $74.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.95.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $245.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Wal-Mart Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Wal-Mart Stores Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Priceline.com ( PCLN) is up $10.44 (1.26) to $835.98 on average volume Thus far, 415,137 shares of Priceline.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 673,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $826.52-$839.45 after having opened the day at $829.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $825.54.

priceline.com Incorporated operates as a online travel company. Priceline.com has a market cap of $40.8 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 31.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Priceline.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Priceline.com 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, robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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 Priceline.com Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Visa ( V) is up $1.59 (0.87) to $183.94 on light volume Thus far, 743,463 shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $181.72-$184.69 after having opened the day at $181.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $182.35.

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 $93.7 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 50.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 20 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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2. As of noon trading, eBay ( EBAY) is up $0.42 (0.81) to $52.49 on light volume Thus far, 2.4 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.10-$52.86 after having opened the day at $52.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.07.

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 $66.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 23 analysts that rate eBay a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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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1. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is up $3.16 (1.14) to $281.22 on light volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $278.11-$281.75 after having opened the day at $279.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $278.06.

Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. The company operates in two segments, North America and International. Amazon.com has a market cap of $124.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 10.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 23 analysts that rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amazon.com as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, 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 deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Amazon.com 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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