5 Stocks Raising The Services Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 65 points (-0.4%) at 16,380 as of Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,832 issues advancing vs. 1,123 declining with 123 unchanged.

The Services sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Pharmerica Corporation ( PMC), up 23.2%, Francescas Holdings ( FRAN), up 20.4%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), up 4.0%, Grupo Televisa S.A.B ( TV), up 3.5% and Delhaize Group ( DEG), up 3.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Synnex Corporation ( SNX), down 10.9%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), down 4.6%, Whole Foods Market ( WFM), down 1.8%, eBay ( EBAY), down 1.6% and Costco Wholesale Corporation ( COST), down 1.5%.

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

5. Royal Caribbean Cruises ( RCL) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Royal Caribbean Cruises is up $0.76 (1.6%) to $48.40 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Royal Caribbean Cruises exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.42-$48.68 after having opened the day at $47.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.64.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. operates as a cruise company worldwide. It owns five cruise brands comprising Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur, Azamara Club Cruises, and CDF Croisieres de France. Royal Caribbean Cruises has a market cap of $10.2 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 145.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate Royal Caribbean Cruises a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Caribbean Cruises 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, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Royal Caribbean Cruises Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, W.W. Grainger ( GWW) is up $8.58 (3.4%) to $263.08 on heavy volume. Thus far, 558,922 shares of W.W. Grainger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 364,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $255.38-$267.49 after having opened the day at $255.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $254.50.

W.W. Grainger, Inc. distributes maintenance, repair, and operating supplies, as well as other related products and services for businesses and institutions primarily in the United States and Canada. W.W. Grainger has a market cap of $17.6 billion and is part of the wholesale industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate W.W. Grainger a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates W.W. Grainger as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full W.W. Grainger Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Abercrombie & Fitch Company ( ANF) is up $3.06 (9.2%) to $36.27 on heavy volume. Thus far, 9.0 million shares of Abercrombie & Fitch Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.06-$38.15 after having opened the day at $37.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.21.

Abercrombie & Fitch Co., through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of casual apparel for men, women, and kids. It operates through three segments: U.S. Stores, International Stores, and Direct-to-Consumer. Abercrombie & Fitch Company has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Abercrombie & Fitch Company a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Abercrombie & Fitch Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Abercrombie & Fitch Company Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Carnival Corporation ( CCL) is up $0.67 (1.7%) to $40.63 on average volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Carnival Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.18-$40.66 after having opened the day at $40.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.96.

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. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts who 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 increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Carnival Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, TJX Companies ( TJX) is up $0.35 (0.6%) to $63.67 on light volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of TJX Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.50-$63.94 after having opened the day at $63.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.32.

The TJX Companies, Inc. operates as an off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the United States and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Marmaxx, HomeGoods, TJX Canada, and TJX Europe. TJX Companies has a market cap of $45.2 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate TJX Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TJX Companies 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, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full TJX Companies 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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