4 Services Stocks Moving The Sector Upward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 27 points (-0.2%) at 15,858 as of Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 997 issues advancing vs. 1,953 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. Top gainers within the sector include AerCap Holdings N.V ( AER), up 4.2%, DISH Network ( DISH), up 2.4%, Cencosud ( CNCO), up 2.3%, Visa ( V), up 1.9% and Netflix ( NFLX), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include LATAM Airlines Group S.A ( LFL), down 3.1%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), down 2.9%, Delhaize Group ( DEG), down 2.8%, Staples ( SPLS), down 2.1% and Southwest Airlines ( LUV), down 1.9%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

4. Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Sears Holdings Corporation is up $1.03 (2.3%) to $45.13 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Sears Holdings Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.62-$45.90 after having opened the day at $44.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.10.

Sears Holdings Corporation operates as a specialty retailer in the United States and Canada. The company's Kmart segment operates stores that sell merchandise under Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer labels; and Sears brand products, such as Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard. Sears Holdings Corporation has a market cap of $4.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 9.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Sears Holdings Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sears Holdings Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Sears Holdings Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL) is up $0.38 (1.0%) to $38.83 on light volume. Thus far, 881,989 shares of Melco Crown Entertainment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.50-$39.11 after having opened the day at $38.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.45.

Melco Crown Entertainment Limited, through its subsidiaries, develops, owns, and operates casino gaming and entertainment resort facilities in Macau. Melco Crown Entertainment has a market cap of $20.8 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 49.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 128.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Melco Crown Entertainment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, Kohl's ( KSS) is up $0.49 (0.9%) to $54.83 on light volume. Thus far, 568,460 shares of Kohl's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.00-$54.94 after having opened the day at $54.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.34.

Kohl's Corporation operates department stores in the United States. Its stores offer private, exclusive, and national branded apparel, footwear, and accessories for women, men, and children; soft home products, such as sheets and pillows; and housewares targeted to middle-income customers. Kohl's has a market cap of $11.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Kohl's a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kohl's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Kohl's Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Whole Foods Market ( WFM) is up $0.97 (1.7%) to $57.06 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Whole Foods Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.72-$57.08 after having opened the day at $56.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.09.

Whole Foods Market, Inc. owns and operates a chain of natural and organic foods supermarkets. The company offers produce, grocery, meat and poultry, seafood, bakery, prepared foods and catering, coffee and tea, nutritional supplements, and vitamins. Whole Foods Market has a market cap of $20.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 38.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Whole Foods Market a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whole Foods Market 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, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Whole Foods Market Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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