5 Services Stocks Pushing The Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 123 points (0.8%) at 15,622 as of Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, 12:44 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,947 issues advancing vs. 1,011 declining with 90 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 1.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.0%. Top gainers within the sector include Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 18.3%, Zillow ( Z), up 15.2%, LKQ Corporation ( LKQ), up 10.8%, MasterCard Incorporated ( MA), up 4.8% and J.B. Hunt Transport Services ( JBHT), up 4.1%.

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

5. Starbucks Corporation ( SBUX) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Starbucks Corporation is up $2.24 (3.1%) to $73.53 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.0 million shares of Starbucks Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.08-$73.73 after having opened the day at $72.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.29.

Starbucks Corporation operates as a roaster, marketer, and retailer of specialty coffee worldwide. As of September 30, 2012, the company operated 9,405 company-operated stores and 8,661 licensed stores. Starbucks Corporation has a market cap of $53.9 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 34.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Starbucks Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starbucks Corporation 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, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Starbucks Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Lowe's Companies ( LOW) is up $0.37 (0.8%) to $44.95 on light volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.76-$45.19 after having opened the day at $44.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.58.

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 $47.2 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 25.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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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3. As of noon trading, Walt Disney ( DIS) is up $0.72 (1.1%) to $65.37 on light volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.16-$65.87 after having opened the day at $65.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.65.

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 $115.6 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 29.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Walt Disney a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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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2. As of noon trading, Twenty-First Century Fox ( FOXA) is up $0.32 (1.1%) to $30.20 on light volume. Thus far, 6.1 million shares of Twenty-First Century Fox exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.10-$30.56 after having opened the day at $30.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.88.

Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. operates as a diversified media company worldwide. Twenty-First Century Fox has a market cap of $44.6 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 15.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Twenty-First Century Fox a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Twenty-First Century Fox 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, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Twenty-First Century Fox Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Priceline.com ( PCLN) is up $20.58 (2.4%) to $896.25 on average volume. Thus far, 448,958 shares of Priceline.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 720,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $883.28-$897.64 after having opened the day at $885.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $875.67.

priceline.com Incorporated operates as a online travel company. Priceline.com has a market cap of $44.4 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 43.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Priceline.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Priceline.com as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Priceline.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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