Services Stocks On The Rise With Help From 5 Stocks

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 136 points (0.9%) at 15,938 as of Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,190 issues advancing vs. 719 declining with 175 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), up 3.0%, Royal Caribbean Cruises ( RCL), up 3.1%, H&R Block ( HRB), up 2.8%, Grupo Televisa S.A.B ( TV), up 1.5% and Cardinal Health ( CAH), up 1.5%. A company within the sector that fell today was Delta Air Lines ( DAL), up 1.1%.

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

5. Walgreen Company ( WAG) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Walgreen Company is up $1.20 (2.0%) to $61.84 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.8 million shares of Walgreen Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.00-$63.20 after having opened the day at $61.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.65.

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 $57.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 5.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income 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 Walgreen Company Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, CVS Caremark ( CVS) is up $1.70 (2.5%) to $68.64 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.4 million shares of CVS Caremark exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.21-$69.71 after having opened the day at $69.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.94.

CVS Caremark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated pharmacy health care services in the United States. CVS Caremark has a market cap of $79.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 6.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate CVS Caremark a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CVS Caremark 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 good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full CVS Caremark Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, McDonald's Corporation ( MCD) is up $0.91 (1.0%) to $95.77 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of McDonald's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $94.83-$95.84 after having opened the day at $95.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.86.

McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the United States, Europe, the Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Latin America. Its restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menus. McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $95.4 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 2.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate McDonald's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's Corporation 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 and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full McDonald's Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Comcast ( CMCSA) is up $0.46 (0.8%) to $54.80 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Comcast exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.28-$54.80 after having opened the day at $54.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.35.

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 $116.7 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 5.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 24 analysts who rate Comcast a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Comcast 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, 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 shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Comcast Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Visa ( V) is up $0.78 (0.3%) to $221.33 on light volume. Thus far, 603,401 shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $220.05-$222.00 after having opened the day at $221.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $220.55.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, operates as a retail electronic payments network worldwide. The company facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. Visa has a market cap of $111.8 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 1.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 18 analysts who rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa 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, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins 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 Visa 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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