5 Stocks Boosting The Services Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 58 points (0.4%) at 15,069 as of Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, 1:04 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,347 issues advancing vs. 659 declining with 81 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include Urban Outfitters ( URBN), up 9.7%, TJX Companies ( TJX), up 6.3%, LATAM Airlines Group S.A ( LFL), up 4.7%, Netflix ( NFLX), up 3.3% and Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), up 3.4%. A company within the sector that fell today was Visa ( V), up 0.7%.

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 $0.46 (0.7%) to $70.75 on light volume. Thus far, 1.5 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 $70.11-$70.98 after having opened the day at $70.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.29.

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 $53.1 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 31.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Starbucks Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 $0.51 (1.2%) to $44.18 on average volume. Thus far, 5.2 million shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.52-$44.52 after having opened the day at $44.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.67.

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 $47.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 22.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Lowe's Companies a buy, no analysts rate 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, MasterCard Incorporated ( MA) is up $3.58 (0.6%) to $623.47 on light volume. Thus far, 126,063 shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 679,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $618.98-$625.08 after having opened the day at $621.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $619.89.

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 $71.7 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 26.2% 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, compelling growth 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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2. As of noon trading, eBay ( EBAY) is up $0.35 (0.7%) to $52.42 on average volume. Thus far, 4.3 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.78-$52.62 after having opened the day at $52.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.07.

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 $68.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 3.8% 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 solid stock price performance. 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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1. As of noon trading, Priceline.com ( PCLN) is up $5.07 (0.5%) to $938.20 on light volume. Thus far, 182,311 shares of Priceline.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 748,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $932.75-$942.15 after having opened the day at $933.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $933.13.

priceline.com Incorporated operates as a online travel company. Priceline.com has a market cap of $48.4 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 50.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, 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 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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