5 Services Stocks Moving The Sector Upward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 26 points (0.2%) at 15,572 as of Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,636 issues advancing vs. 1,285 declining with 117 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Wendy's ( WEN), up 10.8%, HSN ( HSNI), up 3.5%, Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD), up 1.5%, Thomson Reuters Corporation ( TRI), up 1.1% and Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), up 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Allegiant Travel Company ( ALGT), down 12.1%, Penn National Gaming ( PENN), down 7.0%, Domino's Pizza ( DPZ), down 4.7%, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), down 3.4% and Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), down 2.5%.

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

5. Discovery Communications ( DISCA) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Discovery Communications is up $0.75 (0.9%) to $85.12 on light volume. Thus far, 194,231 shares of Discovery Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.34-$85.21 after having opened the day at $88.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.37.

Discovery Communications, Inc. operates as a non fiction media company worldwide. It operates through three segments: U.S. Networks, International Networks, and Education. The company provides original and purchased content across various distribution platforms. Discovery Communications has a market cap of $12.3 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 32.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Discovery Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Discovery Communications 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, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Discovery Communications Ratings Report now.

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