5 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Services Sector

All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 63 points (0.4%) at 15,199 as of Monday, July 8, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,878 issues advancing vs. 1,083 declining with 93 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.0%. Top gainers within the sector include Priceline.com ( PCLN), up 3.1%, Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), up 2.4%, Macy's ( M), up 2.0%, Luxottica Group ( LUX), up 2.0% and Sirius XM Radio ( SIRI), up 1.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Union Pacific ( UNP), down 1.3%, Visa ( V), down 1.1% and MasterCard Incorporated ( MA), down 0.7%.

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

5. Lowe's Companies ( LOW) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Lowe's Companies is up $0.53 (1.2%) to $43.31 on light volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.87-$43.55 after having opened the day at $42.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.78.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It offers products for maintenance, repair, remodeling, and home decorating. Lowe's Companies has a market cap of $45.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 20.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Lowe's Companies a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

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

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4. As of noon trading, Walt Disney ( DIS) is up $0.70 (1.1%) to $64.52 on average volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.16-$64.75 after having opened the day at $64.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.82.

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 $114.6 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 28.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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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3. As of noon trading, Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is up $1.28 (1.7%) to $76.49 on average volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.68-$76.77 after having opened the day at $75.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.21.

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 $245.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 10.2% 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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2. As of noon trading, Home Depot ( HD) is up $1.07 (1.4%) to $79.36 on light volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.54-$79.54 after having opened the day at $78.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.29.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $113.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 26.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Home Depot a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Home Depot Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is up $3.95 (1.4%) to $289.83 on average volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $286.14-$290.79 after having opened the day at $286.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $285.88.

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 $129.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 14.0% 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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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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