5 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Services Sector

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 116 points (0.8%) at 15,038 as of Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, 12:44 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,262 issues advancing vs. 646 declining with 106 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.7%. Top gainers within the sector include Delta Air Lines ( DAL), up 6.9%, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), up 6.4%, LATAM Airlines Group S.A ( LFL), up 4.7%, AutoNation ( AN), up 4.1% and Mercadolibre ( MELI), up 4.9%. A company within the sector that fell today was UTi Worldwide ( UTIW), up 5.1%.

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

5. Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Wal-Mart Stores is up $0.57 (0.8%) to $73.16 on average volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.70-$73.25 after having opened the day at $72.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.59.

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 $238.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Wal-Mart Stores Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Home Depot ( HD) is up $0.71 (1.0%) to $73.41 on light volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.90-$73.65 after having opened the day at $72.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.70.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $104.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 17.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. 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 Home Depot Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Priceline.com ( PCLN) is up $6.18 (0.6%) to $965.33 on light volume. Thus far, 205,573 shares of Priceline.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 651,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $959.21-$968.44 after having opened the day at $961.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $959.15.

2012 comments from Michael Karsch Priceline is a fantastic example of a lifecycle stock. It was a 1999 darling. Everyone thought that they were the geniuses of the world. They had this interesting notion of how to do a reverse auction. Priceline.com has a market cap of $49.3 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 54.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 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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2. As of noon trading, Visa ( V) is up $1.66 (0.9%) to $178.33 on light volume. Thus far, 683,887 shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $177.28-$178.50 after having opened the day at $177.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $176.67.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, engages in the operation of retail electronic payments network worldwide. It facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. Visa has a market cap of $90.7 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 16.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. 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 Visa Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is up $2.87 (1.0%) to $298.73 on light volume. Thus far, 739,129 shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $296.60-$299.59 after having opened the day at $297.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $295.86.

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 $134.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 17.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 24 analysts that rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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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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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