5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 34 points (-0.2%) at 15,991 as of Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,256 issues advancing vs. 1,637 declining with 176 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 5.0%, Advance Auto Parts ( AAP), up 5.0%, Trinity Industries ( TRN), up 4.4%, Copa Holdings ( CPA), up 4.1% and AutoZone ( AZO), up 3.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Lumber Liquidators Holdings ( LL), down 8.6%, Gap ( GPS), down 2.1%, Cencosud ( CNCO), down 2.0%, Sysco Corporation ( SYY), down 1.6% and McKesson ( MCK), down 1.6%.

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

5. Cardinal Health ( CAH) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Cardinal Health is up $2.36 (3.7%) to $66.64 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.0 million shares of Cardinal Health exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.74-$67.30 after having opened the day at $64.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.27.

Cardinal Health, Inc., a healthcare services company, provides pharmaceutical and medical products and services in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Pharmaceutical and Medical. Cardinal Health has a market cap of $21.8 billion and is part of the wholesale industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 54.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 56.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Cardinal Health a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cardinal Health as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures 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 Cardinal Health Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Time Warner Cable ( TWC) is up $1.10 (0.8%) to $131.54 on light volume. Thus far, 890,793 shares of Time Warner Cable exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $130.62-$131.98 after having opened the day at $130.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $130.44.

Time Warner Cable Inc., together with its subsidiaries, offers video, high-speed data, and voice services to residential and business service customers over its broadband cable systems in the United States. Time Warner Cable has a market cap of $36.9 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 34.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Time Warner Cable a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner Cable as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Time Warner Cable Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Pandora Media ( P) is up $1.00 (3.5%) to $29.22 on light volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Pandora Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.63-$29.26 after having opened the day at $27.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.22.

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 207.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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2. As of noon trading, Priceline.com ( PCLN) is up $9.33 (0.8%) to $1,188.01 on light volume. Thus far, 159,614 shares of Priceline.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 598,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $1,175.62-$1,189.84 after having opened the day at $1,178.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1,178.68.

priceline.com Incorporated operates as a online travel company. Priceline.com has a market cap of $60.7 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 90.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Priceline.com Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Netflix ( NFLX) is up $8.01 (2.2%) to $363.68 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $353.32-$363.74 after having opened the day at $355.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $355.67.

Netflix, Inc. provides Internet television network service that enables subscribers to stream TV shows and movies directly on TVs, computers, and mobile devices in the United States and internationally. Netflix has a market cap of $21.0 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 297.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 282.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Netflix a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Netflix as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Netflix 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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