5 Services Stocks On The Rise

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 57 points (-0.3%) at 16,357 as of Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,698 issues advancing vs. 1,213 declining with 185 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Brinker International ( EAT), up 6.4%, Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation ( LGF), up 6.3%, Norfolk Southern Corporation ( NSC), up 5.9%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 3.9% and Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), up 3.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Net Servicos De Comunicacao ( NETC), down 10.2%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 3.9%, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN), down 2.2%, Bed Bath & Beyond ( BBBY), down 1.6% and Ross Stores ( ROST), down 1.4%.

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

5. CSX ( CSX) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, CSX is up $0.23 (0.8%) to $27.27 on average volume. Thus far, 3.9 million shares of CSX exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.17-$27.38 after having opened the day at $27.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.04.

CSX Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides rail-based transportation services. It offers traditional rail services, and transports intermodal containers and trailers. CSX has a market cap of $27.6 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate CSX a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CSX as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations 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 CSX Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, CBS Corporation ( CBS) is up $0.68 (1.1%) to $60.38 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of CBS Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.71-$60.48 after having opened the day at $60.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.70.

CBS Corporation operates as a mass media company in the United States and internationally. It operates in five segments: Entertainment, Cable Networks, Publishing, Local Broadcasting, and Outdoor Americas. CBS Corporation has a market cap of $33.9 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 17 analysts who rate CBS Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBS Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full CBS Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, United Continental Holdings ( UAL) is up $0.61 (1.3%) to $48.52 on light volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.87-$48.75 after having opened the day at $47.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.91.

United Continental Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides passenger and cargo air transportation services. The company operates in six continents from its hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. United Continental Holdings has a market cap of $17.0 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 26.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate United Continental Holdings a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Continental Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full United Continental Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS) is up $2.17 (2.8%) to $79.37 on average volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Michael Kors Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.20-$79.46 after having opened the day at $77.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.20.

Michael Kors Holdings Limited engages in the design, marketing, distribution, and retailing of branded women's apparel and accessories, and men's apparel. The company operates in three segments: Retail, Wholesale, and Licensing. Michael Kors Holdings has a market cap of $15.7 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Michael Kors Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Michael Kors Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 Michael Kors Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Walt Disney ( DIS) is up $0.88 (1.2%) to $75.08 on average volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.05-$75.26 after having opened the day at $74.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.20.

The Walt Disney Company operates as an entertainment company worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, Consumer Products, and Interactive. Walt Disney has a market cap of $130.0 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.9, 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 Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate Walt Disney a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Walt Disney 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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