5 Services Stocks Pushing The Sector Higher

All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 153 points (1.0%) at 15,063 as of Monday, July 1, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,343 issues advancing vs. 631 declining with 69 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 1.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Best Buy ( BBY), up 9.0%, Cablevision Systems ( CVC), up 8.7%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), up 5.2%, Delta Air Lines ( DAL), up 4.8% and Dollar General Corporation ( DG), up 4.7%. A company within the sector that fell today was Cencosud ( CNCO), up 1.7%.

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

5. Visa ( V) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Visa is up $4.19 (2.3%) to $186.94 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $183.63-$187.46 after having opened the day at $183.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $182.75.

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 $95.4 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 50.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 21 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 sub par growth in net income. Get the full Visa Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is up $0.60 (0.8%) to $75.08 on average volume. Thus far, 3.2 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.10-$75.28 after having opened the day at $74.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.49.

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 $246.6 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 9.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Wal-Mart Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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 shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Wal-Mart Stores Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Priceline.com ( PCLN) is up $16.10 (1.9%) to $842.77 on average volume. Thus far, 295,005 shares of Priceline.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 701,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $831.11-$843.53 after having opened the day at $832.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $826.67.

priceline.com Incorporated operates as a online travel company. Priceline.com has a market cap of $41.2 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 33.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Priceline.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Priceline.com as a buy. 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Priceline.com Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is up $4.30 (1.6%) to $281.99 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 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 $277.16-$282.11 after having opened the day at $279.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $277.69.

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 $126.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 10.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Netflix ( NFLX) is up $12.40 (5.9%) to $223.49 on average volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $212.00-$223.90 after having opened the day at $213.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $211.09.

Netflix, Inc. provides Internet television network service that enables subscribers to stream TV shows and movies directly on TVs, computers, and mobile devices in the United States and internationally. Netflix has a market cap of $12.1 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 512.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 128.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Netflix a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Netflix as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Netflix 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).

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