5 Stocks Raising The Services Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 16,095 as of Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,757 issues advancing vs. 1,109 declining with 149 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Cablevision Systems ( CVC), up 4.7%, GNC Holdings ( GNC), up 3.8%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), up 2.9%, Expedia ( EXPE), up 1.9% and Netflix ( NFLX), up 2.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), down 1.3%, Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD), down 0.9%, Walt Disney ( DIS), down 0.8%, Comcast ( CMCSA), down 0.6% and Gap ( GPS), down 0.7%.

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 $0.82 (0.5%) to $164.93 on light volume. Thus far, 394,921 shares of McKesson exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $163.77-$165.59 after having opened the day at $165.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $164.11.

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 $37.9 billion and is part of the wholesale industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 69.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 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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4. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is up $0.99 (1.4%) to $71.76 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.59-$72.00 after having opened the day at $70.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.77.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $57.6 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 52.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 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. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Las Vegas Sands Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Union Pacific ( UNP) is up $1.46 (0.9%) to $163.09 on light volume. Thus far, 448,872 shares of Union Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $161.31-$163.13 after having opened the day at $162.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $161.63.

Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, provides rail transportation services in North America. Union Pacific has a market cap of $74.6 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Union Pacific a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Union Pacific 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, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Union Pacific Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, CVS Caremark ( CVS) is up $0.76 (1.1%) to $66.85 on light volume. Thus far, 2.1 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 $66.22-$66.96 after having opened the day at $66.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.09.

CVS Caremark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated pharmacy health care services in the United States. CVS Caremark has a market cap of $79.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 38.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate CVS Caremark a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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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1. As of noon trading, J.C. Penney ( JCP) is up $0.68 (7.3%) to $10.04 on average volume. Thus far, 28.1 million shares of J.C. Penney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 41.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.35-$10.09 after having opened the day at $9.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.36.

J. C. Penney Company, Inc., through its subsidiary, J. C. Penney Corporation, Inc., operates department stores. The company sells family apparel and footwear, accessories, fine and fashion jewelry, beauty products, and home furnishings. J.C. Penney has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 53.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate J.C. Penney a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates J.C. Penney as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full J.C. Penney 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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