Services Stocks On The Rise With Help From 5 Stocks

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 5 points (0.0%) at 16,485 as of Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,370 issues advancing vs. 1,569 declining with 149 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Luxottica Group ( LUX), up 3.2%, Cencosud ( CNCO), up 1.9%, Delhaize Group ( DEG), up 1.8%, LATAM Airlines Group S.A ( LFL), up 1.7% and Tyco International ( TYC), up 1.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Delta Air Lines ( DAL), down 2.9%, GameStop ( GME), down 2.6%, Whole Foods Market ( WFM), down 2.0%, Netflix ( NFLX), down 1.9% and Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), down 1.8%.

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

5. Royal Philips ( PHG) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Royal Philips is up $0.29 (0.8%) to $36.90 on light volume. Thus far, 182,378 shares of Royal Philips exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 503,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.66-$36.91 after having opened the day at $36.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.61.

Koninklijke Philips N.V. engages in the healthcare, lighting, and consumer lifestyle businesses worldwide. Royal Philips has a market cap of $33.3 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are up 37.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Royal Philips a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Philips as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Royal Philips Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Burger King Worldwide ( BKW) is up $0.28 (1.3%) to $22.39 on light volume. Thus far, 166,423 shares of Burger King Worldwide exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 842,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.17-$22.41 after having opened the day at $22.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.11.

Burger King Worldwide, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates and franchises fast food hamburger restaurants, primarily under the Burger King brand worldwide. Burger King Worldwide has a market cap of $7.8 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 34.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Burger King Worldwide a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Burger King Worldwide as a hold. 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 and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. Get the full Burger King Worldwide Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Liberty Global ( LBTYK) is up $0.80 (1.0%) to $83.58 on average volume. Thus far, 348,801 shares of Liberty Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 675,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $82.72-$83.81 after having opened the day at $82.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.78.

Liberty Global plc, an international cable company, provides television, broadband Internet, and telephony services. Liberty Global has a market cap of $13.4 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 40.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Liberty Global as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Liberty Global Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP) is up $1.24 (2.5%) to $51.58 on light volume. Thus far, 651,755 shares of Ctrip.com International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.42-$51.95 after having opened the day at $50.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.34.

Ctrip.com International, Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, provides travel service for hotel accommodations, airline tickets, packaged tours, and corporate travel management in the People's Republic of China. Ctrip.com International has a market cap of $6.6 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 122.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Ctrip.com International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ctrip.com International 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, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Ctrip.com International Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Carnival Corporation ( CCL) is up $0.68 (1.7%) to $40.22 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Carnival Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.89-$40.40 after having opened the day at $40.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.54.

Carnival Corporation operates as a cruise and vacation company worldwide. The company operates in two segments, North America; and Europe, Australia, and Asia. Carnival Corporation has a market cap of $23.3 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 7.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Carnival Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Carnival Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures 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 Carnival Corporation 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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