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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4. As of noon trading, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS) is up $1.21 (1.9%) to $65.21 on average volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Michael Kors Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.30-$65.49 after having opened the day at $65.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.00.

Michael Kors Holdings Limited engages in the design, marketing, distribution, and retail of branded women's apparel and accessories, and men's apparel. The company sells its products primarily under the names of Michael Kors, MICHAEL KORS, MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS, and KORS MICHAEL KORS. Michael Kors Holdings has a market cap of $13.1 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are up 25.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Michael Kors Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Michael Kors Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock itself is trading at a premium valuation. Get the full Michael Kors Holdings Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is up $1.40 (2.5%) to $56.25 on average volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.15-$56.44 after having opened the day at $55.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.85.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $45.3 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 18.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Las Vegas Sands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Las Vegas Sands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Las Vegas Sands Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, MasterCard Incorporated ( MA) is up $5.48 (0.9%) to $602.50 on light volume. Thus far, 210,558 shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 604,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $599.07-$602.91 after having opened the day at $599.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $597.02.

MasterCard Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, provides transaction processing and other payment-related services in the United States and internationally. MasterCard Incorporated has a market cap of $69.9 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 21.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate MasterCard Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MasterCard Incorporated as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, expanding profit margins 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 MasterCard Incorporated Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, eBay ( EBAY) is up $0.23 (0.5%) to $51.87 on light volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.60-$52.11 after having opened the day at $51.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.64.

eBay Inc. provides online platforms, tools, and services to help individuals and merchants in online and mobile commerce and payments in the United States and internationally. eBay has a market cap of $67.6 billion and is part of the internet industry. Shares are up 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 24 analysts that rate eBay a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates eBay 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, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full eBay 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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