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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