5 Stocks Moving The Services Sector Upward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 15 points (0.1%) at 15,558 as of Monday, July 22, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,691 issues advancing vs. 1,251 declining with 101 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 SAIC ( SAI), up 2.6%, Royal Philips ( PHG), up 2.3%, MasterCard Incorporated ( MA), up 1.2%, Priceline.com ( PCLN), up 0.8% and Time Warner ( TWX), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Dreamworks Animation SKG ( DWA), down 7.5%, Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), down 1.1%, Norfolk Southern Corporation ( NSC), down 1.2%, Genuine Parts Company ( GPC), down 1.1% and Time Warner Cable ( TWC), down 0.9%.

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

5. Magna International ( MGA) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Magna International is up $0.93 (1.2%) to $75.42 on average volume. Thus far, 283,442 shares of Magna International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 705,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.89-$75.42 after having opened the day at $74.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.49.

Magna International Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and engineers automotive systems and components to original equipment manufacturers primarily in North America, Europe, and internationally. Magna International has a market cap of $17.0 billion and is part of the wholesale industry. Shares are up 48.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Magna International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Magna International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Magna International Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, AthenaHealth ( ATHN) is up $3.74 (3.4%) to $114.01 on heavy volume. Thus far, 453,221 shares of AthenaHealth exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 485,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $109.56-$115.76 after having opened the day at $109.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $110.27.

athenahealth, Inc., a business services company, provides ongoing billing, clinical-related, and other related services to medical group practices primarily in the United States. The company provides services through the athenaNet, a proprietary Internet-based practice management application. AthenaHealth has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 56.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate AthenaHealth a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AthenaHealth as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and premium valuation. Get the full AthenaHealth Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Walgreen Company ( WAG) is up $0.56 (1.1%) to $51.17 on average volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of Walgreen Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.50-$51.62 after having opened the day at $50.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.61.

Walgreen Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates a network of drugstores in the United States. It provides consumer goods and services, pharmacy, and health and wellness services through drugstores, as well as through mail, and by telephone and online. Walgreen Company has a market cap of $47.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 36.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Walgreen Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walgreen Company 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, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Walgreen Company Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Lowe's Companies ( LOW) is up $0.36 (0.8%) to $44.45 on light volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.95-$44.45 after having opened the day at $44.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.09.

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 $47.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 24.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Lowe's Companies a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 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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1. As of noon trading, Comcast ( CMCSA) is up $0.31 (0.7%) to $44.88 on average volume. Thus far, 5.9 million shares of Comcast exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.51-$45.45 after having opened the day at $45.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.57.

Comcast Corporation operates as a media and technology company worldwide. It operates through Cable Communications, Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment, and Theme Parks segments. Comcast has a market cap of $94.4 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 18.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Comcast a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Comcast 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Comcast 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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