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All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 72 points (0.4%) at 18,189 as of Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,717 issues advancing vs. 1,232 declining with 166 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include

Expeditors International of Washington

(

EXPD

), up 3.8%,

Restaurant Brands International

(

QSR

), up 2.4%,

Comcast

(

CMCSK

), up 1.8% and

Royal Philips

(

PHG

), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Melco Crown Entertainment

(

MPEL

), down 6.9%,

Wynn Resorts

(

WYNN

), down 4.0%,

Las Vegas Sands

(

LVS

), down 3.9%,

American Airlines Group

(

AAL

), down 2.6% and

Vipshop Holdings Ltd ADR

(

VIPS

), down 1.9%.

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

3.

Lowe's Companies

(

LOW

) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Lowe's Companies is up $0.76 (1.0%) to $74.49 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.9 million shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.93-$75.82 after having opened the day at $75.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.73.

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Lowe's Companies, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It offers products for maintenance, repair, remodeling, and home decorating. Lowe's Companies has a market cap of $71.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 7.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Lowe's Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Lowe's Companies

as a

buy

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

Lowe's Companies Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Home Depot

(

HD

) is up $3.23 (2.9%) to $115.51 on heavy volume. Thus far, 7.2 million shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $115.13-$117.92 after having opened the day at $117.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $112.28.

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The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $147.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 7.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Home Depot a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Home Depot

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth 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

Home Depot Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

McDonald's

(

MCD

) is up $0.89 (0.9%) to $95.20 on light volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of McDonald's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $93.69-$95.26 after having opened the day at $93.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.31.

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McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the United States, Europe, the Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Latin America. The company's restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menus. McDonald's has a market cap of $91.7 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 0.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate McDonald's a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

McDonald's

as a

buy

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

McDonald's 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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