5 Services Stocks Moving The Sector Upward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 24 points (-0.2%) at 15,303 as of Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 960 issues advancing vs. 1,922 declining with 143 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Wendy's ( WEN), up 3.9%, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), up 3.7%, MasterCard Incorporated ( MA), up 1.9%, Cardinal Health ( CAH), up 1.1% and Liberty Global ( LBTYA), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Men's Wearhouse ( MW), down 10.3%, L Brands ( LTD), down 1.7%, Grupo Televisa S.A.B ( TV), down 1.5%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), down 1.7% and Shaw Communications ( SJR), down 1.9%.

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

5. McKesson ( MCK) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, McKesson is up $0.97 (0.8%) to $128.67 on average volume. Thus far, 413,617 shares of McKesson exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 996,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $127.80-$129.62 after having opened the day at $127.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $127.70.

McKesson Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, delivers pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, and health care information technologies to the healthcare industry primarily in the United States. It operates in two segments, McKesson Distribution Solutions and McKesson Technology Solutions. McKesson has a market cap of $28.8 billion and is part of the wholesale industry. Shares are up 29.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate McKesson a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McKesson 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, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full McKesson Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Whole Foods Market ( WFM) is up $0.46 (0.8%) to $56.55 on light volume. Thus far, 851,859 shares of Whole Foods Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.03-$57.11 after having opened the day at $56.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.09.

Whole Foods Market, Inc. owns and operates a chain of natural foods supermarkets. The Company opened its first store in Austin, Texas in 1980 and, as of September 24, 2000, operated 117 stores in 22 states plus the District of Columbia. Whole Foods Market has a market cap of $20.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 21.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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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3. As of noon trading, Kroger ( KR) is up $1.32 (3.5%) to $38.99 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.5 million shares of Kroger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.81-$39.00 after having opened the day at $38.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.67.

The Kroger Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer in the United States. The company also manufactures and processes food for sale in its supermarkets. It operates retail food and drug stores, multi-department stores, jewelry stores, and convenience stores. Kroger has a market cap of $19.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 44.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Kroger a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kroger 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, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 Kroger Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Pandora Media ( P) is up $2.03 (9.5%) to $23.41 on heavy volume. Thus far, 14.9 million shares of Pandora Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.09-$23.75 after having opened the day at $23.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.38.

Pandora Media, Inc. provides Internet radio services in the United States. The company allows listeners to create up to 100 personalized stations to access unlimited hours of free music and comedy, as well as offers Pandora One, a paid subscription service to listeners. Pandora Media has a market cap of $3.6 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 121.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Pandora Media a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pandora Media as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Pandora Media Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Walgreen Company ( WAG) is up $1.79 (3.5%) to $52.54 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.8 million shares of Walgreen Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.88-$52.95 after having opened the day at $51.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.75.

Walgreen Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates a network of drugstores in the United States. It provides consumer goods and services, pharmacy, and health and wellness services through drugstores, as well as through mail, and by telephone and online. Walgreen Company has a market cap of $47.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 36.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Walgreen Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walgreen Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Walgreen Company 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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