5 Stocks Boosting 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 91 points (0.6%) at 15,720 as of Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,156 issues advancing vs. 753 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include AthenaHealth ( ATHN), up 21.9%, Expedia ( EXPE), up 14.0%, Outerwall ( OUTR), up 12.6%, Aaron's ( AAN), up 12.2% and Myriad Genetics ( MYGN), up 8.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Genpact ( G), down 15.8%, Advisory Board Company ( ABCO), down 8.1%, Maximus ( MMS), down 5.4%, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation ( WYN), down 3.2% and Lowe's Companies ( LOW), down 1.6%.

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

5. Southwest Airlines ( LUV) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Southwest Airlines is up $0.34 (1.6%) to $21.30 on average volume. Thus far, 3.8 million shares of Southwest Airlines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.92-$21.34 after having opened the day at $20.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.96.

Southwest Airlines Co. operates passenger airlines that provide scheduled air transportation services in the United States. As of December 31, 2012, the company operated 694 aircraft, including 606 Boeing 737 aircraft and 88 Boeing 717 aircraft. Southwest Airlines has a market cap of $14.5 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 11.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Southwest Airlines a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southwest Airlines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Southwest Airlines Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Cardinal Health ( CAH) is up $0.56 (0.8%) to $66.83 on light volume. Thus far, 555,618 shares of Cardinal Health exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.31-$67.20 after having opened the day at $66.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.27.

Cardinal Health, Inc., a healthcare services company, provides pharmaceutical and medical products and services in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Pharmaceutical and Medical. Cardinal Health has a market cap of $22.3 billion and is part of the wholesale industry. Shares are down 0.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Cardinal Health a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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

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3. As of noon trading, MGM Resorts International ( MGM) is up $0.42 (1.7%) to $24.71 on light volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of MGM Resorts International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.34-$24.71 after having opened the day at $24.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.29.

MGM Resorts International, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns and/or operates casino resorts. The company operates in two segments, Wholly Owned Domestic Resorts and MGM China. Its resorts offer gaming, hotel, convention, dining, entertainment, retail, and other resort amenities. MGM Resorts International has a market cap of $11.6 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 3.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate MGM Resorts International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MGM Resorts International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full MGM Resorts International Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Yum Brands ( YUM) is up $0.41 (0.6%) to $71.58 on light volume. Thus far, 925,074 shares of Yum Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.45-$72.44 after having opened the day at $71.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.17.

YUM! Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates quick service restaurants in the United States and internationally. It operates in six segments: YUM Restaurants China, YUM Restaurants International, Taco Bell U.S., KFC U.S., Pizza Hut U.S., and YUM Restaurants India. Yum Brands has a market cap of $31.4 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 5.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Yum Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yum Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Yum Brands Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Netflix ( NFLX) is up $16.73 (4.1%) to $424.64 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $410.56-$424.85 after having opened the day at $413.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $407.91.

Netflix, Inc. provides Internet television network service that enables subscribers to stream TV shows and movies directly on TVs, computers, and mobile devices in the United States and internationally. Netflix has a market cap of $24.2 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are up 9.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Netflix a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Netflix as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Netflix 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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