5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 119 points (0.7%) at 16,493 as of Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,941 issues advancing vs. 990 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the sector include KBR ( KBR), up 6.8%, Robert Half International ( RHI), up 4.4%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 3.3%, United Rentals ( URI), up 2.6% and Royal Caribbean Cruises ( RCL), up 1.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include LKQ Corporation ( LKQ), down 8.0%, Netflix ( NFLX), down 5.1%, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), down 5.0%, Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), down 3.0% and Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), down 1.6%.

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

5. Twenty-First Century Fox ( FOX) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Twenty-First Century Fox is up $0.24 (0.8%) to $32.07 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Twenty-First Century Fox exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.63-$32.33 after having opened the day at $31.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.83.

Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. operates as a diversified media and entertainment company worldwide. Twenty-First Century Fox has a market cap of $25.5 billion and is part of the media industry. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Twenty-First Century Fox a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Twenty-First Century Fox as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Twenty-First Century Fox Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Comcast ( CMCSK) is up $1.30 (2.6%) to $52.09 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Comcast exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.15-$52.51 after having opened the day at $51.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.79.

Comcast Corporation operates as a media and technology company worldwide. It operates through Cable Communications, Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment, and Theme Parks segments. Comcast has a market cap of $23.6 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Comcast a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Comcast as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations, 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 has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Comcast Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Omnicom Group ( OMC) is up $1.06 (1.4%) to $74.97 on average volume. Thus far, 854,285 shares of Omnicom Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.67-$75.36 after having opened the day at $74.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.91.

Omnicom Group Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides advertising, marketing, and corporate communications services in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia pacific. Omnicom Group has a market cap of $18.4 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.3, 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 Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Omnicom Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Omnicom Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Omnicom Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Kroger ( KR) is up $0.44 (1.1%) to $39.44 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Kroger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.90-$39.62 after having opened the day at $39.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.00.

The Kroger Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer in the United States. The company also manufactures and processes food for sale in its supermarkets. It operates retail food and drug stores, multi-department stores, jewelry stores, and convenience stores. Kroger has a market cap of $19.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Kroger a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kroger as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Kroger Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Directv ( DTV) is up $1.40 (2.0%) to $72.42 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Directv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.68-$72.48 after having opened the day at $71.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.02.

DIRECTV provides digital television entertainment in the United States and Latin America. The company engages in acquiring, promoting, selling, and distributing digital entertainment programming primarily through satellite to residential and commercial subscribers. Directv has a market cap of $37.2 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Directv a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Directv 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, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. 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 Directv 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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