5 Stocks Pushing 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 156 points (1.0%) at 15,978 as of Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,203 issues advancing vs. 732 declining with 103 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.9%. Top gainers within the sector include LKQ Corporation ( LKQ), up 4.4%, MGM Resorts International ( MGM), up 2.8%, Verisk Analytics ( VRSK), up 2.7%, Lowe's Companies ( LOW), up 2.6% and Fidelity National Information Services ( FIS), up 2.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), down 21.5%, Big Lots ( BIG), down 13.5%, American Eagle Outfitters ( AEO), down 8.5%, J.C. Penney ( JCP), down 6.6% and Family Dollar Stores ( FDO), down 3.1%.

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

5. Starbucks Corporation ( SBUX) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Starbucks Corporation is up $0.50 (0.6%) to $80.22 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Starbucks Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.76-$80.75 after having opened the day at $80.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.72.

Starbucks Corporation operates as a roaster, marketer, and retailer of specialty coffee worldwide. Its stores offer coffee and tea beverages, packaged roasted whole bean and ground coffees, single serve products, and juices and bottled water. Starbucks Corporation has a market cap of $59.9 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 7950.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 48.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Starbucks Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starbucks Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Starbucks Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Union Pacific ( UNP) is up $1.89 (1.2%) to $164.26 on light volume. Thus far, 684,336 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 $163.08-$165.14 after having opened the day at $163.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $162.37.

Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, provides rail transportation services in North America. Union Pacific has a market cap of $74.3 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.8, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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3. As of noon trading, McDonald's Corporation ( MCD) is up $1.05 (1.1%) to $96.48 on average volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of McDonald's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $95.90-$96.68 after having opened the day at $95.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $95.43.

McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the United States, Europe, the Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Latin America. Its restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menus. McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $95.2 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate McDonald's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations 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 McDonald's Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Walt Disney ( DIS) is up $0.92 (1.3%) to $71.15 on light volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.77-$71.21 after having opened the day at $70.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.23.

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 $123.0 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 41.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Walt Disney a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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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1. As of noon trading, Priceline.com ( PCLN) is up $6.78 (0.6%) to $1,181.17 on light volume. Thus far, 163,925 shares of Priceline.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 605,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $1,172.76-$1,189.00 after having opened the day at $1,189.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1,174.39.

priceline.com Incorporated operates as a online travel company. Priceline.com has a market cap of $60.8 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 89.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Priceline.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Priceline.com 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, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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 Priceline.com 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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