All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 140 points (-0.9%) at 16,292 as of Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 781 issues advancing vs. 2,154 declining with 147 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is down 1.1%. A company within the sector that increased today was

Target

(

TGT

), up 2.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Advisory Board

(

ABCO

), down 28.0%,

Avis Budget Group

(

CAR

), down 26.2%,

Hertz Global Holdings

(

HTZ

), down 16.3%,

Liberty Global

(

LBTYK

), down 4.3% and

Royal Caribbean Cruises

(

RCL

), down 3.9%.

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

3.

Verisk Analytics

(

VRSK

) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Verisk Analytics is up $3.39 (5.0%) to $71.40 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Verisk Analytics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.07-$72.08 after having opened the day at $67.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.01.

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Verisk Analytics, Inc. provides information about risk to professionals in insurance, healthcare, financial services, government, supply chain, and risk management in the United States and internationally. Verisk Analytics has a market cap of $11.6 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are down 11.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Verisk Analytics a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Verisk Analytics

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full

Verisk Analytics Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

TJX Companies

(

TJX

) is up $1.44 (2.0%) to $74.13 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.4 million shares of TJX Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.74-$74.23 after having opened the day at $73.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.69.

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The TJX Companies, Inc. operates as an off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the United States and internationally. It operates through four segments: Marmaxx, HomeGoods, TJX Canada, and TJX Europe. TJX Companies has a market cap of $48.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 16 analysts who rate TJX Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

TJX Companies

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full

TJX Companies Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Costco Wholesale

(

COST

) is up $1.47 (1.0%) to $151.83 on light volume. Thus far, 872,690 shares of Costco Wholesale exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $149.66-$151.83 after having opened the day at $150.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $150.36.

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Costco Wholesale Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates membership warehouses. The company offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. Costco Wholesale has a market cap of $66.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 6.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate Costco Wholesale a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Costco Wholesale

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full

Costco Wholesale 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

).