5 Stocks Moving The Services Sector Upward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 64 points (0.4%) at 16,322 as of Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,125 issues advancing vs. 788 declining with 156 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.7%. Top gainers within the sector include Hain Celestial Group ( HAIN), up 4.5%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 4.0%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), up 3.5%, Time Warner Cable ( TWC), up 3.0% and Southwest Airlines ( LUV), up 2.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Shaw Communications ( SJR), down 2.1%, Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), down 2.0%, Canadian National Railway ( CNI), down 1.1%, Liberty Global ( LBTYA), down 0.8% and Twenty-First Century Fox ( FOXA), down 0.7%.

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

5. Whole Foods Market ( WFM) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Whole Foods Market is up $1.48 (2.8%) to $53.98 on average volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Whole Foods Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.61-$54.09 after having opened the day at $52.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.50.

Whole Foods Market, Inc. operates as a retailer of natural and organic foods. Whole Foods Market has a market cap of $19.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate Whole Foods Market a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whole Foods Market 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, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Whole Foods Market Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Yum Brands ( YUM) is up $0.56 (0.8%) to $73.97 on average volume. Thus far, 1.9 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 $73.17-$74.06 after having opened the day at $73.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.41.

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 $33.4 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Yum Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yum Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. 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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3. As of noon trading, Pandora Media ( P) is up $1.37 (4.2%) to $33.90 on average volume. Thus far, 4.0 million shares of Pandora Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.95-$34.08 after having opened the day at $33.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.53.

Pandora Media, Inc. provides Internet radio services in the United States. The company allows listeners to create up to 100 personalized stations to access unlimited hours of free music and comedy, as well as offers Pandora One, a paid subscription service to listeners. Pandora Media has a market cap of $6.5 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 22.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Pandora Media a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pandora Media as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Pandora Media Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is up $1.34 (1.7%) to $80.51 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 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 $78.59-$80.64 after having opened the day at $79.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.17.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $66.0 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts who 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 the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Las Vegas Sands Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is up $3.80 (1.0%) to $394.78 on light volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $391.29-$395.40 after having opened the day at $392.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $390.98.

Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. The company operates in two segments, North America and International. Amazon.com has a market cap of $182.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 1420.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 23 analysts who rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amazon.com as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Amazon.com 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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