5 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Services Sector

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 15 points (0.1%) at 16,035 as of Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,480 issues advancing vs. 1,397 declining with 175 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Sysco Corporation ( SYY), up 11.9%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), up 3.4%, Grupo Televisa S.A.B ( TV), up 2.5%, MGM Resorts International ( MGM), up 2.5% and CarMax ( KMX), up 1.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Restoration Hardware Holdings ( RH), down 4.4%, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), down 2.4%, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), down 2.4%, L Brands ( LTD), down 1.4% and Whole Foods Market ( WFM), down 0.9%.

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

5. Wynn Resorts ( WYNN) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Wynn Resorts is up $5.38 (3.1%) to $178.54 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.2 million 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 $173.50-$178.94 after having opened the day at $173.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $173.16.

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 $17.3 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 52.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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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4. As of noon trading, Directv ( DTV) is up $1.50 (2.3%) to $67.94 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Directv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.60-$67.94 after having opened the day at $66.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.44.

DIRECTV provides digital television entertainment in the United States and Latin America. The company engages in acquiring, promoting, selling, and distributing digital entertainment programming primarily through satellite to residential and commercial subscribers. Directv has a market cap of $34.4 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 30.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Directv a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Directv 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, increase in net income 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 Directv Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, McKesson ( MCK) is up $1.48 (0.9%) to $164.29 on light volume. Thus far, 384,188 shares of McKesson exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $163.34-$164.63 after having opened the day at $163.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $162.81.

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 $36.7 billion and is part of the wholesale industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 67.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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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2. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is up $1.54 (2.0%) to $77.31 on average volume. Thus far, 2.9 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 $75.96-$77.43 after having opened the day at $76.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.77.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $61.8 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 63.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Delta Air Lines ( DAL) is up $0.62 (2.2%) to $28.85 on light volume. Thus far, 3.8 million shares of Delta Air Lines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.20-$28.86 after having opened the day at $28.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.23.

Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo in the United States and internationally. Its route network is centered around a system of hub and international gateway airports in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Delta Air Lines has a market cap of $23.9 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 135.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Delta Air Lines a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Delta Air Lines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and revenue growth. 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 Delta Air Lines 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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