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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4. As of noon trading, United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B ( UPS) is up $1.05 (1.0%) to $104.23 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.1 million shares of United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $103.00-$104.30 after having opened the day at $103.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $103.18.

United Parcel Service, Inc., a package delivery company, provides transportation, logistics, and financial services in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: U.S. Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain and Freight. The U.S. United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B has a market cap of $73.3 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 65.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 39.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. 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 United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, FedEx Corporation ( FDX) is up $2.21 (1.6%) to $141.90 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of FedEx Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $139.23-$142.48 after having opened the day at $139.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $139.69.

FedEx Corporation provides transportation, e-commerce, and business services in the United States and internationally. It operates in four segments: FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Freight, and FedEx Services. FedEx Corporation has a market cap of $44.2 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 52.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate FedEx Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates FedEx Corporation 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, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full FedEx Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Home Depot ( HD) is up $0.46 (0.6%) to $80.41 on average volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $80.12-$80.83 after having opened the day at $80.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.95.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $112.7 billion and is part of the retail 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 29.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Home Depot a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot 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, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. 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 Home Depot Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is up $7.21 (1.8%) to $402.40 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $395.78-$403.52 after having opened the day at $396.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $395.19.

Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. The company operates in two segments, North America and International. Amazon.com has a market cap of $181.2 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 1414.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 57.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 23 analysts that rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amazon.com as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Amazon.com 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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