5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 10 points (-0.1%) at 15,618 as of Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,354 issues advancing vs. 1,554 declining with 118 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 Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), up 7.5%, Mercadolibre ( MELI), up 6.8%, Brinker International ( EAT), up 6.4%, Charter Communications Inc Class A ( CHTR), up 3.6% and Burger King Worldwide ( BKW), up 3.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), down 3.5%, Time Warner Cable ( TWC), down 2.2%, MGM Resorts International ( MGM), down 1.9%, CH Robinson Worldwide ( CHRW), down 1.6% and Netflix ( NFLX), down 1.2%.

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

5. Twenty-First Century Fox ( FOX) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Twenty-First Century Fox is up $0.56 (1.8%) to $31.23 on light volume. Thus far, 598,090 shares of Twenty-First Century Fox exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.65-$31.24 after having opened the day at $30.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.67.

Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. operates as a diversified media company worldwide. Twenty-First Century Fox has a market cap of $23.9 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 14.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Twenty-First Century Fox a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 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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4. As of noon trading, L Brands ( LTD) is up $0.80 (1.4%) to $58.34 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of L Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.26-$58.69 after having opened the day at $57.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.55.

L Brands, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of women's intimate and other apparel, beauty and personal care products, and accessories. L Brands has a market cap of $16.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 18.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate L Brands a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates L Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share and increase 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 L Brands Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Sirius XM Radio ( SIRI) is up $0.03 (0.8%) to $3.81 on light volume. Thus far, 17.7 million shares of Sirius XM Radio exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 58.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $3.76-$3.82 after having opened the day at $3.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.78.

Sirius XM Radio Inc. provides satellite radio services in the United States and Canada. The company broadcasts music, sports, entertainment, comedy, talk, news, traffic, and weather channels on subscription fee basis through two satellite radio systems. Sirius XM Radio has a market cap of $23.2 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 29.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Sirius XM Radio a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sirius XM Radio as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Sirius XM Radio Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Time Warner ( TWX) is up $0.69 (1.1%) to $63.75 on average volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Time Warner exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.07-$64.23 after having opened the day at $63.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.06.

Time Warner Inc. operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Networks, Film and TV Entertainment, and Publishing. The Networks segment consists of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and Home Box Office, Inc. Time Warner has a market cap of $58.0 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 30.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Time Warner a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. 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 Time Warner Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Home Depot ( HD) is up $1.32 (1.7%) to $79.96 on light volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.50-$79.97 after having opened the day at $78.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.64.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $115.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 27.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Home Depot a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. 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 Home Depot 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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