5 Services Stocks Pushing The Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 80 points (0.5%) at 15,453 as of Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,024 issues advancing vs. 894 declining with 170 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 Furiex Pharmaceuticals ( FURX), up 128.4%, Yum Brands ( YUM), up 7.6%, McGraw Hill Financial ( MHFI), up 4.0%, Grupo Televisa S.A.B ( TV), up 2.9% and DISH Network ( DISH), up 2.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Rockwell Automation ( ROK), down 1.1%, McKesson ( MCK), down 1.0% and MasterCard Incorporated ( MA), down 0.5%.

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

5. Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Michael Kors Holdings is up $13.41 (17.5%) to $90.08 on heavy volume. Thus far, 15.7 million shares of Michael Kors Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.62-$93.18 after having opened the day at $93.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.67.

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 $16.3 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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4. As of noon trading, Twenty-First Century Fox ( FOXA) is up $0.75 (2.4%) to $31.63 on average volume. Thus far, 8.6 million shares of Twenty-First Century Fox exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.00-$31.67 after having opened the day at $31.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.88.

Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. operates as a diversified media and entertainment company worldwide. Twenty-First Century Fox has a market cap of $47.2 billion and is part of the media industry. Currently there are 16 analysts who rate Twenty-First Century Fox a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate 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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3. As of noon trading, Starbucks Corporation ( SBUX) is up $2.26 (3.3%) to $70.97 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.5 million shares of Starbucks Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.37-$71.11 after having opened the day at $70.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.71.

Starbucks Corporation operates as a roaster, marketer, and retailer of specialty coffee worldwide. Its stores offer coffee and tea beverages, packaged roasted whole bean and ground coffees, single serve products, and juices and bottled water. Starbucks Corporation has a market cap of $53.8 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 474.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 12.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 17 analysts who rate Starbucks Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starbucks Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, premium valuation and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Starbucks Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Delta Air Lines ( DAL) is up $0.48 (1.6%) to $29.86 on average volume. Thus far, 6.7 million shares of Delta Air Lines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.26-$30.00 after having opened the day at $30.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.38.

Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo in the United States and internationally. Its route network is centered around a system of hub and international gateway airports in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Delta Air Lines has a market cap of $26.2 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 1.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Delta Air Lines a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Delta Air Lines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Delta Air Lines Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Walt Disney ( DIS) is up $1.11 (1.6%) to $71.10 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.3 million shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.88-$71.19 after having opened the day at $70.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.99.

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 $127.1 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 8.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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