5 Stocks Advancing The Services Sector

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 4 points (0.0%) at 15,449 as of Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 771 issues advancing vs. 2,156 declining with 142 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 1.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include Myriad Genetics ( MYGN), up 10.8%, Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), up 4.0%, Tiffany ( TIF), up 2.0%, Shaw Communications ( SJR), up 1.4% and Nordstrom ( JWN), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Hain Celestial Group ( HAIN), down 9.8%, Buffalo Wild Wings ( BWLD), down 9.6%, CH Robinson Worldwide ( CHRW), down 9.4%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 5.7% and Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), down 4.4%.

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

5. Kohl's ( KSS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Kohl's is up $0.57 (1.2%) to $49.66 on light volume. Thus far, 689,873 shares of Kohl's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.68-$49.68 after having opened the day at $48.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.09.

Kohl's Corporation operates department stores in the United States. Its stores offer private, exclusive, and national branded apparel, footwear, and accessories for women, men, and children; soft home products, such as sheets and pillows; and housewares targeted to middle-income customers. Kohl's has a market cap of $10.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 13.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Kohl's a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kohl's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Kohl's Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Gap ( GPS) is up $0.28 (0.7%) to $38.12 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Gap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.19-$38.12 after having opened the day at $37.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.84.

The Gap, Inc. operates as an apparel retail company. It offers apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, children, and babies under the Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Piperlime, Athleta, and Intermix brands worldwide. Gap has a market cap of $16.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 3.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Gap a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 17 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gap 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, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Gap Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, TJX Companies ( TJX) is up $0.76 (1.4%) to $56.79 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of TJX Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.82-$56.79 after having opened the day at $55.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.03.

The TJX Companies, Inc. operates as an off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the United States and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Marmaxx, HomeGoods, TJX Canada, and TJX Europe. TJX Companies has a market cap of $40.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 12.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate TJX Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TJX Companies 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, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full TJX Companies Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Time Warner ( TWX) is up $0.88 (1.4%) to $63.28 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.6 million shares of Time Warner exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.72-$63.69 after having opened the day at $62.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.40.

Time Warner Inc. operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Networks, Film and TV Entertainment, and Publishing. The Networks segment consists of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and Home Box Office, Inc. Time Warner has a market cap of $55.7 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 10.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate Time Warner a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Time Warner Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Walgreen Company ( WAG) is up $0.56 (1.0%) to $56.52 on average volume. Thus far, 3.3 million shares of Walgreen Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.27-$57.29 after having opened the day at $55.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.95.

Walgreen Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates a network of drugstores in the United States. It provides consumer goods and services, pharmacy, and health and wellness services through drugstores, as well as through mail, and by telephone and online. Walgreen Company has a market cap of $52.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 2.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate Walgreen Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walgreen Company 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Walgreen Company 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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