5 Services Stocks Pushing Sector Growth

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 92 points (0.6%) at 15,993 as of Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,118 issues advancing vs. 784 declining with 108 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include Williams-Sonoma ( WSM), up 6.3%, Mercadolibre ( MELI), up 4.4%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), up 2.9%, LKQ Corporation ( LKQ), up 2.7% and Staples ( SPLS), up 2.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Liquidity Service ( LQDT), down 19.2%, Air Lease ( AL), down 5.2%, Target ( TGT), down 3.6%, Cencosud ( CNCO), down 1.4% and Directv ( DTV), down 0.8%.

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

5. United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B ( UPS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B is up $0.50 (0.5%) to $100.63 on light volume. Thus far, 914,318 shares of United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $100.20-$100.86 after having opened the day at $100.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $100.13.

United Parcel Service, Inc., a package delivery company, provides transportation, logistics, and financial services in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: U.S. Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain and Freight. The U.S. United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B has a market cap of $72.1 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 64.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 36.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. 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 United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Lowe's Companies ( LOW) is up $0.92 (1.9%) to $48.24 on average volume. Thus far, 4.8 million shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.17-$48.40 after having opened the day at $47.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.33.

Lowe's Companies, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It offers products for maintenance, repair, remodeling, and home decorating. Lowe's Companies has a market cap of $53.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 33.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Lowe's Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lowe's Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations 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 Lowe's Companies Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, CVS Caremark ( CVS) is up $0.58 (0.9%) to $66.00 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of CVS Caremark exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.40-$66.11 after having opened the day at $65.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.42.

CVS Caremark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated pharmacy health care services in the United States. CVS Caremark has a market cap of $77.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 34.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate CVS Caremark a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full CVS Caremark Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Comcast ( CMCSA) is up $0.27 (0.6%) to $47.12 on light volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Comcast exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.92-$47.34 after having opened the day at $47.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.85.

Comcast Corporation operates as a media and technology company worldwide. It operates through Cable Communications, Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment, and Theme Parks segments. Comcast has a market cap of $101.4 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 22 analysts that rate Comcast a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Comcast as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, 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 has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Comcast Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is up $5.12 (1.4%) to $367.69 on light volume. Thus far, 827,919 shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $363.30-$368.70 after having opened the day at $364.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $362.57.

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 $167.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 1303.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 45.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 24 analysts that rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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 find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. 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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