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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