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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