5 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Services Sector

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 23 points (-0.2%) at 15,311 as of Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,760 issues advancing vs. 1,167 declining with 109 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Ascena Retail Group ( ASNA), up 16.2%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 7.4%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), up 4.8%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), up 3.0% and Gannett ( GCI), up 2.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Copart ( CPRT), down 7.5%, Carnival Corporation ( CCL), down 5.0%, CarMax ( KMX), down 2.9%, Kohl's ( KSS), down 2.2% and DISH Network ( DISH), down 2.0%.

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 $1.21 (0.9%) to $129.12 on average volume. Thus far, 653,068 shares of McKesson exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 935,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $128.65-$129.98 after having opened the day at $128.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $127.91.

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 $29.6 billion and is part of the wholesale industry. Shares are up 33.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 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, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN) is up $1.44 (0.9%) to $157.56 on heavy volume. Thus far, 990,025 shares of Wynn Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $155.13-$158.13 after having opened the day at $156.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $156.12.

Wynn Resorts, Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the development, ownership, and operation of destination casino resorts. Wynn Resorts has a market cap of $15.7 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 37.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Wynn Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wynn Resorts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Wynn Resorts Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Pandora Media ( P) is up $0.87 (3.6%) to $25.34 on average volume. Thus far, 7.0 million shares of Pandora Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.85-$25.39 after having opened the day at $24.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.47.

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 $4.3 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 164.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 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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2. As of noon trading, Time Warner ( TWX) is up $0.39 (0.6%) to $63.74 on average volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Time Warner exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.21-$64.17 after having opened the day at $63.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.35.

Time Warner Inc. operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Networks, Film and TV Entertainment, and Publishing. The Networks segment consists of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and Home Box Office, Inc. Time Warner has a market cap of $58.4 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 32.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Time Warner a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner 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, 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 Time Warner Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Netflix ( NFLX) is up $3.01 (1.0%) to $309.50 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $304.06-$310.80 after having opened the day at $308.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $306.49.

Netflix, Inc. provides Internet television network service that enables subscribers to stream TV shows and movies directly on TVs, computers, and mobile devices in the United States and internationally. Netflix has a market cap of $17.8 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are up 226.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Netflix a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 17 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Netflix as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, premium valuation and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Netflix 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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