3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Services Sector

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 0 points (0.0%) at 15,915 as of Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,252 issues advancing vs. 1,627 declining with 137 unchanged.

The Services sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), up 3.5%, MGM Resorts International ( MGM), up 2.9%, Computer Sciences Corporation ( CSC), up 1.9%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), up 1.8% and ManpowerGroup ( MAN), up 1.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Express ( EXPR), down 23.1%, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), down 7.8%, L Brands ( LTD), down 2.8%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), down 2.9% and O'Reilly Automotive ( ORLY), down 2.1%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

3. Wynn Resorts ( WYNN) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Wynn Resorts is up $3.31 (2.0%) to $166.62 on average volume. Thus far, 533,416 shares of Wynn Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $162.13-$167.16 after having opened the day at $162.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $163.31.

Wynn Resorts, Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the development, ownership, and operation of destination casino resorts. Wynn Resorts has a market cap of $16.7 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 46.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Wynn Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wynn Resorts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, 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 Wynn Resorts Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Yum Brands ( YUM) is up $0.52 (0.7%) to $76.12 on light volume. Thus far, 890,606 shares of Yum Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.45-$76.16 after having opened the day at $75.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.61.

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 $34.6 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Yum Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yum Brands as a buy. The company's strongest point has been its expanding profit margins. 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, Pandora Media ( P) is up $1.44 (5.1%) to $29.71 on average volume. Thus far, 6.0 million shares of Pandora Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.35-$30.10 after having opened the day at $28.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.27.

Pandora Media, Inc. provides Internet radio services in the United States. The company allows listeners to create up to 100 personalized stations to access unlimited hours of free music and comedy, as well as offers Pandora One, a paid subscription service to listeners. Pandora Media has a market cap of $5.5 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 207.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Pandora Media a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pandora Media as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Pandora Media Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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