5 Stocks Advancing The Services Sector

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 14 points (0.1%) at 16,024 as of Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,437 issues advancing vs. 1,443 declining with 136 unchanged.

The Services sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Time Warner Cable ( TWC), up 8.7%, Foot Locker ( FL), up 4.0%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), up 3.9%, DISH Network ( DISH), up 3.1% and Charter Communications Inc Class A ( CHTR), up 2.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Ross Stores ( ROST), down 7.3%, FedEx Corporation ( FDX), down 1.3%, Luxottica Group ( LUX), down 1.1%, Home Depot ( HD), down 1.1% and Wynn Resorts ( WYNN), down 1.1%.

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

5. Sirius XM Radio ( SIRI) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Sirius XM Radio is up $0.06 (1.5%) to $3.70 on light volume. Thus far, 10.3 million shares of Sirius XM Radio exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 45.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $3.65-$3.72 after having opened the day at $3.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.64.

Sirius XM Radio Inc. provides satellite radio services in the United States and Canada. The company broadcasts music, sports, entertainment, comedy, talk, news, traffic, and weather channels on subscription fee basis through two satellite radio systems. Sirius XM Radio has a market cap of $22.3 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 51.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Sirius XM Radio a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sirius XM Radio as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. 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 Sirius XM Radio Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Costco Wholesale Corporation ( COST) is up $0.78 (0.6%) to $124.67 on light volume. Thus far, 566,320 shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $124.00-$125.35 after having opened the day at $124.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $123.89.

Costco Wholesale Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates membership warehouses. The company offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. Costco Wholesale Corporation has a market cap of $53.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Costco Wholesale Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Costco Wholesale Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase 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 weak operating cash flow. Get the full Costco Wholesale Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, McKesson ( MCK) is up $2.94 (1.8%) to $163.84 on light volume. Thus far, 552,963 shares of McKesson exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $160.43-$163.90 after having opened the day at $160.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $160.90.

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 $36.4 billion and is part of the wholesale industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 65.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate McKesson a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 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, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, 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 weak operating cash flow. Get the full McKesson Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Yum Brands ( YUM) is up $2.09 (2.8%) to $77.01 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.3 million shares of Yum Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.79-$77.61 after having opened the day at $75.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.92.

YUM! Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates quick service restaurants in the United States and internationally. It operates in six segments: YUM Restaurants China, YUM Restaurants International, Taco Bell U.S., KFC U.S., Pizza Hut U.S., and YUM Restaurants India. Yum Brands has a market cap of $32.2 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Yum Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yum Brands as a buy. The company's strongest point has been its a solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have looked at. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Yum Brands Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is up $0.49 (0.6%) to $79.35 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 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 $78.75-$79.59 after having opened the day at $78.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.86.

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 $256.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Wal-Mart Stores 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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