5 Services Stocks On The Rise

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 81 points (-0.5%) at 15,762 as of Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,157 issues advancing vs. 1,771 declining with 147 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include China Lodging Group ( HTHT), up 6.6%, JetBlue Airways Corporation ( JBLU), up 4.2%, Financial Engines ( FNGN), up 3.3%, Delta Air Lines ( DAL), up 2.1% and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide ( HOT), up 1.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include AthenaHealth ( ATHN), down 4.7%, Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD), down 3.5%, Royal Philips ( PHG), down 1.9%, Grupo Televisa S.A.B ( TV), down 1.4% and McKesson ( MCK), down 1.0%.

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

5. GameStop ( GME) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, GameStop is up $1.12 (2.5%) to $46.33 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of GameStop exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.09-$46.41 after having opened the day at $45.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.21.

GameStop Corp. operates as a video game retailer. GameStop has a market cap of $5.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 82.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate GameStop a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates GameStop as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full GameStop Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Southwest Airlines ( LUV) is up $0.71 (4.0%) to $18.68 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.3 million shares of Southwest Airlines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.21-$18.75 after having opened the day at $18.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.97.

Southwest Airlines Co. operates passenger airlines that provide scheduled air transportation services in the United States. As of December 31, 2012, the company operated 694 aircraft, including 606 Boeing 737 aircraft and 88 Boeing 717 aircraft. Southwest Airlines has a market cap of $12.9 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 81.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Southwest Airlines a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southwest Airlines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Southwest Airlines Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, MGM Resorts International ( MGM) is up $0.20 (1.0%) to $20.80 on average volume. Thus far, 4.4 million shares of MGM Resorts International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.60-$20.94 after having opened the day at $20.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.59.

MGM Resorts International, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns and/or operates casino resorts. The company operates in two segments, Wholly Owned Domestic Resorts and MGM China. Its resorts offer gaming, hotel, convention, dining, entertainment, retail, and other resort amenities. MGM Resorts International has a market cap of $10.2 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 79.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate MGM Resorts International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MGM Resorts International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full MGM Resorts International Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, United Continental Holdings ( UAL) is up $0.95 (2.6%) to $37.53 on average volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.39-$37.69 after having opened the day at $36.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.58.

United Continental Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides passenger and cargo air transportation services. The company operates in six continents from its hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. United Continental Holdings has a market cap of $13.6 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 56.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate United Continental Holdings a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Continental Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full United Continental Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, TJX Companies ( TJX) is up $0.40 (0.7%) to $61.75 on light volume. Thus far, 920,766 shares of TJX Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.08-$61.86 after having opened the day at $61.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.35.

The TJX Companies, Inc. operates as an off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the United States and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Marmaxx, HomeGoods, TJX Canada, and TJX Europe. TJX Companies has a market cap of $44.2 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 44.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate TJX Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TJX Companies 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, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full TJX Companies 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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