5 Stocks Boosting The Services Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 41 points (-0.3%) at 14,800 as of Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 850 issues advancing vs. 2,040 declining with 117 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include LATAM Airlines Group S.A ( LFL), up 2.0%, Delta Air Lines ( DAL), up 1.7%, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), up 1.0%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), up 1.2% and Time Warner Cable ( TWC), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Krispy Kreme Doughnuts ( KKD), down 14.0%, Avnet ( AVT), down 2.6%, Delhaize Group ( DEG), down 2.5%, Luxottica Group ( LUX), down 2.0% and Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), down 1.7%.

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

5. Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Vipshop Holdings is up $2.24 (5.5%) to $42.74 on heavy volume. Thus far, 821,886 shares of Vipshop Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 633,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.50-$44.05 after having opened the day at $41.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.50.

Vipshop Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as an online discount retailer for various brands in the People's Republic of China. Vipshop Holdings has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 127.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Vipshop Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vipshop Holdings 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Vipshop Holdings Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, US Airways Group ( LCC) is up $0.61 (3.8%) to $16.57 on average volume. Thus far, 4.8 million shares of US Airways Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.07-$16.73 after having opened the day at $16.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.96.

US Airways Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides air transportation for passengers and cargo. US Airways Group has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 13.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate US Airways Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates US Airways Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations 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 US Airways Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, DISH Network ( DISH) is up $0.70 (1.6%) to $45.06 on light volume. Thus far, 933,485 shares of DISH Network exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.55-$45.53 after having opened the day at $44.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.36.

DISH Network Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, offers direct broadcast satellite subscription television services in the United States. DISH Network has a market cap of $9.7 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 21.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate DISH Network a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DISH Network as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full DISH Network Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Whole Foods Market ( WFM) is up $0.37 (0.7%) to $52.84 on average volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Whole Foods Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.36-$52.94 after having opened the day at $52.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.47.

Whole Foods Market, Inc. owns and operates a chain of natural and organic foods supermarkets. The company offers produce, grocery, meat and poultry, seafood, bakery, prepared foods and catering, coffee and tea, nutritional supplements, and vitamins. Whole Foods Market has a market cap of $19.2 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 12.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Whole Foods Market a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whole Foods Market 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. 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 Whole Foods Market Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is up $0.44 (0.6%) to $72.87 on light volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.58-$72.95 after having opened the day at $72.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.43.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $237.2 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 6.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Wal-Mart Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Wal-Mart Stores 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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