5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 22 points (-0.1%) at 16,065 as of Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,030 issues advancing vs. 1,883 declining with 116 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Cabela's ( CAB), up 5.8%, AthenaHealth ( ATHN), up 3.2%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), up 2.7%, CarMax ( KMX), up 2.6% and eBay ( EBAY), up 2.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Myriad Genetics ( MYGN), down 14.4%, Zillow ( Z), down 5.5%, Washington Post Company ( WPO), down 4.7%, Urban Outfitters ( URBN), down 3.0% and Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD), down 2.9%.

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

5. Gap ( GPS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Gap is up $1.05 (2.6%) to $42.02 on average volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Gap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.24-$42.33 after having opened the day at $41.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.97.

The Gap, Inc. operates as an apparel retail company. It offers apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, children, and babies under the Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Piperlime, Athleta, and Intermix brands worldwide. Gap has a market cap of $19.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 31.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Gap a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gap 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, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share 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 Gap Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, CBS Corporation ( CBS) is up $0.34 (0.6%) to $58.90 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of CBS Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.22-$58.92 after having opened the day at $58.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.56.

CBS Corporation operates as a mass media company in the United States and internationally. It operates in five segments: Entertainment, Cable Networks, Publishing, Local Broadcasting, and Outdoor Americas. CBS Corporation has a market cap of $33.0 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 54.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate CBS Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBS Corporation 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 notable return on equity. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full CBS Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, FedEx Corporation ( FDX) is up $1.34 (1.0%) to $140.04 on light volume. Thus far, 745,778 shares of FedEx Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $138.73-$140.41 after having opened the day at $139.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $138.70.

FedEx Corporation provides transportation, e-commerce, and business services in the United States and internationally. It operates in four segments: FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Freight, and FedEx Services. FedEx Corporation has a market cap of $44.3 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 52.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate FedEx Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates FedEx Corporation 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, reasonable valuation levels, 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 FedEx Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Union Pacific ( UNP) is up $1.67 (1.0%) to $163.71 on light volume. Thus far, 709,845 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 $162.12-$163.75 after having opened the day at $162.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $162.04.

Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, provides rail transportation services in North America. Union Pacific has a market cap of $75.0 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 28.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Union Pacific Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Walt Disney ( DIS) is up $0.50 (0.7%) to $71.04 on light volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.76-$71.09 after having opened the day at $70.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.54.

The Walt Disney Company operates as an entertainment company worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, Consumer Products, and Interactive. Walt Disney has a market cap of $124.4 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 42.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Walt Disney a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney 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, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Walt Disney 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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