5 Services Stocks On The Rise

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 53 points (-0.3%) at 16,478 as of Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,242 issues advancing vs. 1,672 declining with 178 unchanged.

The Services sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Apollo Education Group ( APOL), up 12.8%, Pandora Media ( P), up 5.0%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), up 4.0%, Delta Air Lines ( DAL), up 2.8% and Walgreen Company ( WAG), up 2.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), down 3.5%, Luxottica Group ( LUX), down 2.9%, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), down 2.5%, Canadian National Railway ( CNI), down 2.4% and Kohl's ( KSS), down 2.3%.

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

5. Panera Bread Company ( PNRA) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Panera Bread Company is up $6.50 (3.7%) to $180.63 on heavy volume. Thus far, 551,225 shares of Panera Bread Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 591,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $178.09-$180.96 after having opened the day at $178.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $174.13.

Panera Bread Company, together with its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and franchises retail bakery-cafes in the United States and Canada. The company operates three business segments: Bakery-Cafe Operations, Franchise Operations, and Fresh Dough and Other Product Operations. Panera Bread Company has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Panera Bread Company a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Panera Bread Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Panera Bread Company Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Rite Aid Corporation ( RAD) is up $0.34 (6.4%) to $5.65 on heavy volume. Thus far, 31.9 million shares of Rite Aid Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 25.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $5.45-$5.71 after having opened the day at $5.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.31.

Rite Aid Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates a chain of retail drugstores in the United States. Rite Aid Corporation has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Rite Aid Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rite Aid Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Rite Aid Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Yum Brands ( YUM) is up $0.45 (0.6%) to $77.01 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Yum Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.21-$77.11 after having opened the day at $76.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.56.

YUM! Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates quick service restaurants in the United States and internationally. It operates in six segments: YUM Restaurants China, YUM Restaurants International, Taco Bell U.S., KFC U.S., Pizza Hut U.S., and YUM Restaurants India. Yum Brands has a market cap of $33.6 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Yum Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yum Brands as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock performance, considering both the consistency and magnitude of the price movement over time. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Yum Brands Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, McKesson ( MCK) is up $10.17 (6.3%) to $172.00 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of McKesson exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $165.60-$172.00 after having opened the day at $166.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $161.83.

McKesson Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, delivers pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, and health care information technologies to the healthcare industry primarily in the United States. It operates in two segments, McKesson Distribution Solutions and McKesson Technology Solutions. McKesson has a market cap of $36.8 billion and is part of the wholesale industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate McKesson a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McKesson as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full McKesson Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is up $1.16 (1.5%) to $80.14 on average volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.00-$80.21 after having opened the day at $79.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.98.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $63.3 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.1% 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 no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Las Vegas Sands 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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