5 Services Stocks Nudging The Sector Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 93 points (0.6%) at 15,285 as of Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,438 issues advancing vs. 1,461 declining with 119 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Synnex Corporation ( SNX), up 21.2%, Pandora Media ( P), up 4.4%, Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), up 3.2%, Computer Sciences Corporation ( CSC), up 3.1% and Marriott International ( MAR), up 3.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), down 3.0%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), down 2.2%, Royal Philips ( PHG), down 1.0%, Delta Air Lines ( DAL), down 0.9% and Macy's ( M), down 0.8%.

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

5. CVS Caremark ( CVS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, CVS Caremark is up $0.50 (0.8%) to $59.72 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of CVS Caremark exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.24-$59.82 after having opened the day at $59.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.22.

CVS Caremark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated pharmacy health care services in the United States. CVS Caremark has a market cap of $72.2 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 22.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate CVS Caremark a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CVS Caremark 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, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full CVS Caremark Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is up $0.36 (0.6%) to $63.37 on average volume. Thus far, 3.0 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.82-$63.98 after having opened the day at $62.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.01.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $50.7 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 36.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Las Vegas Sands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Las Vegas Sands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, 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 has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Las Vegas Sands Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Starbucks Corporation ( SBUX) is up $1.16 (1.6%) to $75.38 on average volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Starbucks Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.33-$75.48 after having opened the day at $74.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.22.

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 $54.4 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 35.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 17 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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2. As of noon trading, Walt Disney ( DIS) is up $1.02 (1.6%) to $63.85 on average volume. Thus far, 4.8 million shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.98-$63.91 after having opened the day at $63.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.83.

The Walt Disney Company operates as an entertainment company worldwide. Its Media Networks segment engages in broadcast television network, television production and distribution, television stations, broadcast radio networks and stations, and publishing and digital operations. Walt Disney has a market cap of $110.0 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 26.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Walt Disney a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Walt Disney Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Twenty-First Century Fox ( FOXA) is up $0.16 (0.5%) to $32.38 on light volume. Thus far, 4.1 million shares of Twenty-First Century Fox exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.24-$32.63 after having opened the day at $32.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.22.

Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. operates as a diversified media and entertainment company worldwide. Twenty-First Century Fox has a market cap of $48.5 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 24.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Twenty-First Century Fox a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Twenty-First Century Fox as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Twenty-First Century Fox 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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