5 Services Stocks On The Rise

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 4 points (0.0%) at 15,077 as of Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 933 issues advancing vs. 2,036 declining with 90 unchanged.

The Services sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 11.4%, Dollar General Corporation ( DG), up 3.0%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), up 1.7%, AutoZone ( AZO), up 1.5% and Visa ( V), up 1.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Cencosud ( CNCO), down 3.7%, Staples ( SPLS), down 2.1%, Kohl's ( KSS), down 1.8%, Kroger ( KR), down 1.2% and Twenty-First Century Fox ( FOX), down 1.2%.

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

5. Costco Wholesale Corporation ( COST) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Costco Wholesale Corporation is up $0.60 (0.5%) to $112.50 on average volume. Thus far, 667,040 shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $111.80-$112.94 after having opened the day at $111.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $111.90.

Costco Wholesale Corporation engages in the operation of membership warehouses. The company offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. Costco Wholesale Corporation has a market cap of $48.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 13.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Costco Wholesale Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Costco Wholesale 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, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Costco Wholesale Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is up $1.06 (1.9%) to $57.36 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.30-$57.44 after having opened the day at $56.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.31.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $46.7 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 22.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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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3. As of noon trading, McDonald's Corporation ( MCD) is up $0.75 (0.8%) to $95.78 on light volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of McDonald's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $95.05-$95.99 after having opened the day at $95.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $95.03.

McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the United States, Europe, the Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Latin America. Its restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menus. McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $95.4 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 7.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate McDonald's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full McDonald's Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is up $3.40 (1.2%) to $288.22 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $283.48-$289.56 after having opened the day at $285.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $284.82.

Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. The company operates in two segments, North America and International. Amazon.com has a market cap of $130.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 13.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 25 analysts that rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amazon.com as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Amazon.com Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Netflix ( NFLX) is up $3.48 (1.3%) to $262.35 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $257.75-$263.50 after having opened the day at $258.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $258.87.

Netflix, Inc. provides Internet television network service that enables subscribers to stream TV shows and movies directly on TVs, computers, and mobile devices in the United States and internationally. Netflix has a market cap of $14.9 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are up 173.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Netflix a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 18 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Netflix as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Netflix 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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