5 Services Stocks Pushing The Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 87 points (0.5%) at 16,266 as of Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,274 issues advancing vs. 691 declining with 120 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include Delhaize Group ( DEG), up 4.0%, Moody's Corporation ( MCO), up 3.5%, Cintas Corporation ( CTAS), up 3.4%, Sirius XM Radio ( SIRI), up 3.2% and Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG), up 2.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include CarMax ( KMX), down 9.4%, Cencosud ( CNCO), down 2.6%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 2.5% and Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), down 0.8%.

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

5. Directv ( DTV) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Directv is up $0.89 (1.4%) to $66.82 on average volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Directv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.83-$66.86 after having opened the day at $66.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.93.

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 $34.9 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Directv Ratings Report now.

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