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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