All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 96 points (0.6%) at 16,145 as of Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,082 issues advancing vs. 923 declining with 151 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

American Airlines Group

(

AAL

), down 3.3%, and

McKesson

(

MCK

), down 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include

Advance Auto Parts

(

AAP

), up 10.1%,

Vipshop Holdings

(

VIPS

), up 5.9%,

Charter Communications

(

CHTR

), up 3.9%,

Yum Brands

(

YUM

), up 3.7% and

Time Warner Cable

(

TWC

), up 3.1%.

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

3.

Nielsen Holdings

(

NLSN

) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Nielsen Holdings is down $1.24 (-2.7%) to $44.00 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.0 million shares of Nielsen Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.95-$45.58 after having opened the day at $44.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.24.

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Nielsen Holdings plc operates as an information and measurement company. The company provides media and marketing information, analytics, and manufacturer and retailer expertise about what and where consumers buy, read, watch, and listen. Nielsen Holdings has a market cap of $17.2 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Nielsen Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Nielsen Holdings

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. 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

Nielsen Holdings Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Gap

(

GPS

) is down $1.90 (-6.3%) to $28.32 on heavy volume. Thus far, 16.8 million shares of Gap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.63-$28.54 after having opened the day at $27.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.22.

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The Gap, Inc. operates as an apparel retail company worldwide. It offers apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix brand names. Gap has a market cap of $12.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 28.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Gap a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 17 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Gap

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Gap Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Las Vegas Sands

(

LVS

) is down $0.30 (-0.8%) to $37.51 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.9 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.46-$39.09 after having opened the day at $38.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.81.

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Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. The company owns and operates The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, Sands Cotai Central, the Four Seasons Hotel Macao, the Plaza Casino, and the Sands Macao in Macau, the People's Republic of China. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $33.2 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 35.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Las Vegas Sands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Las Vegas Sands

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

Las Vegas Sands 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

).