5 Services Stocks Pushing Sector Growth

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 71 points (0.4%) at 16,428 as of Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,679 issues advancing vs. 1,241 declining with 183 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Watsco ( WSO.B), up 25.9%, DryShips ( DRYS), up 10.1%, Avis Budget Group ( CAR), up 3.6%, ADT Corporation ( ADT), up 2.0% and Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD), up 1.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Sirius XM Radio ( SIRI), down 0.8%, Directv ( DTV), down 0.6% and Twenty-First Century Fox ( FOXA), down 0.5%.

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

5. Wynn Resorts ( WYNN) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Wynn Resorts is up $1.67 (0.9%) to $190.92 on light volume. Thus far, 288,535 shares of Wynn Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $188.81-$191.58 after having opened the day at $189.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $189.25.

Wynn Resorts, Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the development, ownership, and operation of destination casino resorts. Wynn Resorts has a market cap of $19.1 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 68.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Wynn Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wynn Resorts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. 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 Wynn Resorts Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Macy's ( M) is up $0.41 (0.8%) to $53.12 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Macy's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.84-$53.22 after having opened the day at $52.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.71.

Macy's, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates stores and Internet Websites in the United States. Macy's has a market cap of $19.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 35.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Macy's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macy's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. 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 Macy's Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is up $1.18 (1.5%) to $78.83 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.01-$79.00 after having opened the day at $78.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.65.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $63.6 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 68.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Las Vegas Sands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Las Vegas Sands 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, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Las Vegas Sands Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, FedEx Corporation ( FDX) is up $0.99 (0.7%) to $142.99 on light volume. Thus far, 638,484 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 $142.33-$143.30 after having opened the day at $142.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $142.00.

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 $44.3 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 54.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate FedEx Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 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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1. As of noon trading, Home Depot ( HD) is up $0.77 (0.9%) to $81.41 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $80.81-$81.63 after having opened the day at $80.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.64.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $113.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 30.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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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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