5 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Services Sector

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 11 points (0.1%) at 15,533 as of Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,505 issues advancing vs. 1,392 declining with 116 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 Boyd Gaming Corporation ( BYD), up 17.9%, R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company ( RRD), up 11.8%, DineEquity ( DIN), up 10.3%, Western Union Company ( WU), up 8.9% and Rockwell Automation ( ROK), up 5.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Spirit Airlines ( SAVE), down 7.9%, Discovery Communications ( DISCA), down 4.1%, Thomson Reuters Corporation ( TRI), down 3.5%, LATAM Airlines Group S.A ( LFL), down 3.6% and Fidelity National Information Services ( FIS), down 2.8%.

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

5. Whole Foods Market ( WFM) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Whole Foods Market is up $0.38 (0.7%) to $55.89 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Whole Foods Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.56-$56.15 after having opened the day at $55.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.51.

Whole Foods Market, Inc. owns and operates a chain of natural and organic foods supermarkets. The company offers produce, grocery, meat and poultry, seafood, bakery, prepared foods and catering, coffee and tea, nutritional supplements, and vitamins. Whole Foods Market has a market cap of $20.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 22.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Whole Foods Market a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whole Foods Market 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. 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 Whole Foods Market Ratings Report now.

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