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5 Services Stocks Driving The Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) trading up 20 points (0.1%) at 14,984 as of Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,794 issues advancing vs. 1,149 declining with 104 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Net 1 Ueps Technologies (UEPS), up 43.5%, Wesco Aircraft Holdings (WAIR), up 4.0%, Zillow (Z), up 3.6%, Netflix (NFLX), up 2.7% and Omnicare (OCR), up 2.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Aeropostale (ARO), down 21.1%, Pandora Media (P), down 12.3%, Hibbett Sports (HIBB), down 9.5%, Lumber Liquidators Holdings (LL), down 3.1% and American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), down 2.7%.

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

5. Ctrip.com International (CTRP) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Ctrip.com International is up $1.46 (3.2%) to $47.45 on average volume. Thus far, 926,130 shares of Ctrip.com International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.83-$47.57 after having opened the day at $46.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.99.

Ctrip.com International, Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, provides travel service for hotel accommodations, airline tickets, packaged tours, and corporate travel management in the People's Republic of China. Ctrip.com International has a market cap of $5.9 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 100.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Ctrip.com International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ctrip.com International as a hold. 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 and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full Ctrip.com International Ratings Report now.

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