5 Stocks Moving The Services Sector Upward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 112 points (-0.7%) at 15,897 as of Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 970 issues advancing vs. 1,886 declining with 143 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Krispy Kreme Doughnuts ( KKD), down 18.5%, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), down 4.2%, Canadian Pacific Railway ( CP), down 3.0%, Yum Brands ( YUM), down 2.7% and United Continental Holdings ( UAL), down 2.5%.

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

5. Genuine Parts Company ( GPC) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Genuine Parts Company is up $1.83 (2.2%) to $84.15 on heavy volume. Thus far, 727,597 shares of Genuine Parts Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 707,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $82.39-$84.89 after having opened the day at $82.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.32.

Genuine Parts Company distributes automotive replacement parts, industrial replacement parts, office products, and electrical/electronic materials in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Canada. Genuine Parts Company has a market cap of $12.8 billion and is part of the wholesale 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 29.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Genuine Parts Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Genuine Parts Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Genuine Parts Company Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL) is up $0.33 (0.9%) to $35.90 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Melco Crown Entertainment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.25-$36.11 after having opened the day at $35.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.57.

Melco Crown Entertainment Limited, through its subsidiaries, develops, owns, and operates casino gaming and entertainment resort facilities in Macau. Melco Crown Entertainment has a market cap of $19.6 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 46.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 111.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Melco Crown Entertainment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Melco Crown Entertainment as a buy. 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Melco Crown Entertainment Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Abercrombie & Fitch Company ( ANF) is up $2.24 (6.6%) to $36.26 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.8 million shares of Abercrombie & Fitch Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.79-$36.50 after having opened the day at $34.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.02.

Abercrombie & Fitch Co., through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of casual apparel for men, women, and kids. It operates through three segments: U.S. Stores, International Stores, and Direct-to-Consumer. Abercrombie & Fitch Company has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 28.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Abercrombie & Fitch Company a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Abercrombie & Fitch Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Abercrombie & Fitch Company Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is up $0.43 (0.6%) to $72.06 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 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 $71.20-$72.63 after having opened the day at $71.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.63.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $58.7 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 55.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 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 Las Vegas Sands Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, eBay ( EBAY) is up $0.53 (1.0%) to $51.88 on average volume. Thus far, 6.6 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.27-$52.22 after having opened the day at $51.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.35.

eBay Inc. provides online platforms, tools, and services to help individuals and merchants in online and mobile commerce and payments in the United States and internationally. eBay has a market cap of $65.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 24 analysts that rate eBay a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates eBay 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, growth in earnings per share 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 eBay 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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