5 Services Stocks Driving The Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 20 points (0.1%) at 14,984 as of Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,794 issues advancing vs. 1,149 declining with 104 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Net 1 Ueps Technologies ( UEPS), up 43.5%, Wesco Aircraft Holdings ( WAIR), up 4.0%, Zillow ( Z), up 3.6%, Netflix ( NFLX), up 2.7% and Omnicare ( OCR), up 2.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Aeropostale ( ARO), down 21.1%, Pandora Media ( P), down 12.3%, Hibbett Sports ( HIBB), down 9.5%, Lumber Liquidators Holdings ( LL), down 3.1% and American Eagle Outfitters ( AEO), down 2.7%.

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

5. Ctrip.com International ( CTRP) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Ctrip.com International is up $1.46 (3.2%) to $47.45 on average volume. Thus far, 926,130 shares of Ctrip.com International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.83-$47.57 after having opened the day at $46.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.99.

Ctrip.com International, Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, provides travel service for hotel accommodations, airline tickets, packaged tours, and corporate travel management in the People's Republic of China. Ctrip.com International has a market cap of $5.9 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 100.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Ctrip.com International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ctrip.com International 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 solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full Ctrip.com International Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Norfolk Southern Corporation ( NSC) is up $0.39 (0.5%) to $74.14 on light volume. Thus far, 485,451 shares of Norfolk Southern Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.42-$74.43 after having opened the day at $73.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.75.

Norfolk Southern Corporation engages in the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products, and finished goods in the United States. Norfolk Southern Corporation has a market cap of $24.3 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 17.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Norfolk Southern Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Norfolk Southern Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Norfolk Southern Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Expedia ( EXPE) is up $2.94 (6.3%) to $49.41 on heavy volume. Thus far, 7.3 million shares of Expedia exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.92-$51.31 after having opened the day at $49.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.47.

Expedia, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an online travel company in the United States and internationally. Expedia has a market cap of $5.6 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 24.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Expedia a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Expedia as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Expedia Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Liberty Global ( LBTYA) is up $0.36 (0.5%) to $76.33 on light volume. Thus far, 857,105 shares of Liberty Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.03-$76.60 after having opened the day at $76.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.97.

Liberty Global plc, an international cable company, provides television, broadband Internet, and telephony services. Liberty Global has a market cap of $16.8 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 20.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Liberty Global a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Liberty Global 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, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Liberty Global Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS) is up $0.41 (0.6%) to $72.60 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Michael Kors Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.80-$72.82 after having opened the day at $72.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.19.

Michael Kors Holdings Limited engages in the design, marketing, distribution, and retailing of branded women's apparel and accessories, and men's apparel. The company operates in three segments: Retail, Wholesale, and Licensing. Michael Kors Holdings has a market cap of $14.5 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are up 40.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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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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