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3 Stocks Driving The Services Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 21 points (-0.1%) at 16,894 as of Friday, July 11, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,379 issues advancing vs. 1,581 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the sector that increased today was eBay ( EBAY), up 2.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Fastenal ( FAST), down 4.9%, Shaw Communications ( SJR), down 2.4%, L Brands ( LB), down 2.0%, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), down 0.6% and Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT), down 0.6%.

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

3. Grupo Televisa SAB ( TV) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Grupo Televisa SAB is up $0.44 (1.3%) to $34.70 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Grupo Televisa SAB exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.07-$34.74 after having opened the day at $34.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.26.

Grupo Televisa, S.A.B. operates as a media company. It operates through five segments: Content, Publishing, Sky, Telecommunications, and Other Businesses. Grupo Televisa SAB has a market cap of $19.7 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 13.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Grupo Televisa SAB a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Grupo Televisa SAB 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, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins 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 Grupo Televisa SAB Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Norfolk Southern ( NSC) is up $1.17 (1.1%) to $103.58 on average volume. Thus far, 576,658 shares of Norfolk Southern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $102.30-$103.60 after having opened the day at $102.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $102.41.

Norfolk Southern Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products, and finished goods. As of December 31, 2013, it operated approximately 20,000 miles of road in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Norfolk Southern has a market cap of $32.0 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 10.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Norfolk Southern a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Norfolk Southern as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Norfolk Southern Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is up $15.18 (4.6%) to $343.10 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.8 million shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $334.71-$343.42 after having opened the day at $334.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $327.92.

Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. The company operates in two segments, North America and International. Amazon.com has a market cap of $151.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 17.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 24 analysts who rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amazon.com as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full Amazon.com Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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