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3 Stocks Moving The Services Sector Upward

Stock quotes in this article: KR, M, CVS

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 37 points (-0.2%) at 16,662 as of Friday, May 30, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,201 issues advancing vs. 1,742 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Big Lots ( BIG), up 12.1%, Dick's Sporting Goods ( DKS), up 3.1%, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), up 2.1%, Target ( TGT), up 1.4% and Costco Wholesale ( COST), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Infoblox ( BLOX), down 40.7%, Lions Gate Entertainment ( LGF), down 12.3%, Shutterstock ( SSTK), down 7.4%, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN), down 2.7% and Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 2.5%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

3. Kroger ( KR) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Kroger is up $0.70 (1.5%) to $47.40 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Kroger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.68-$47.58 after having opened the day at $46.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.70.

The Kroger Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer worldwide. The company also manufactures and processes food for sale in its supermarkets. It operates retail food and drug stores, multi-department stores, jewelry stores, and convenience stores. Kroger has a market cap of $23.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 18.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Kroger a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kroger as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. 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 Kroger Ratings Report now.

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