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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