5 Services Stocks Moving The Sector Upward

All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 66 points (0.4%) at 14,999 as of Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 12:51 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,256 issues advancing vs. 1,690 declining with 89 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG), up 3.4%, Computer Sciences Corporation ( CSC), up 2.4%, Discovery Communications ( DISCK), up 2.5%, AutoNation ( AN), up 2.6% and Time Warner Cable ( TWC), up 2.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Robert Half International ( RHI), down 5.0%, Delta Air Lines ( DAL), down 2.2%, Canadian Pacific Railway ( CP), down 1.6%, Tyco International ( TYC), down 0.8% and Grupo Televisa S.A.B ( TV), down 0.9%.

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

5. Yum Brands ( YUM) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Yum Brands is up $1.08 (1.5%) to $71.18 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Yum Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.64-$71.26 after having opened the day at $69.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.10.

YUM! Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates quick service restaurants in the United States and internationally. It operates in six segments: YUM Restaurants China, YUM Restaurants International, Taco Bell U.S., KFC U.S., Pizza Hut U.S., and YUM Restaurants India. Yum Brands has a market cap of $31.6 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 5.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Yum Brands a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yum Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Yum Brands Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Directv ( DTV) is up $0.90 (1.4%) to $63.05 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Directv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.60-$63.06 after having opened the day at $61.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.15.

DIRECTV provides digital television entertainment in the United States and Latin America. The company engages in acquiring, promoting, selling, and distributing digital entertainment programming primarily through satellite to residential and commercial subscribers. Directv has a market cap of $34.8 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 23.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Directv a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Directv as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Directv Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, CBS Corporation ( CBS) is up $0.72 (1.5%) to $49.82 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of CBS Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.68-$49.85 after having opened the day at $48.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.11.

CBS Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a mass media company in the United States and internationally. CBS Corporation has a market cap of $27.9 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 29.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate CBS Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBS Corporation 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, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations 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 CBS Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Starbucks Corporation ( SBUX) is up $0.46 (0.7%) to $67.25 on average volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Starbucks Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.40-$67.68 after having opened the day at $66.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.79.

Starbucks Corporation operates as a roaster, marketer, and retailer of specialty coffee worldwide. As of September 30, 2012, the company operated 9,405 company-operated stores and 8,661 licensed stores. Starbucks Corporation has a market cap of $49.6 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 24.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Starbucks Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starbucks Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Starbucks Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Walt Disney ( DIS) is up $0.50 (0.8%) to $63.76 on light volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.57-$63.83 after having opened the day at $62.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.26.

The Walt Disney Company operates as an entertainment company worldwide. Its Media Networks segment engages in broadcast television network, television production and distribution, television stations, broadcast radio networks and stations, and publishing and digital operations. Walt Disney has a market cap of $115.1 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 27.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Walt Disney a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Walt Disney 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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