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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