One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 49 points (0.3%) at 16,534 as of Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,585 issues advancing vs. 1,317 declining with 152 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include

PowerSecure International

(

POWR

), up 87.6%,

Diamond Resorts International

(

DRII

), up 26.7%,

Team Health Holdings

(

TMH

), up 16.9%,

Marriott Vacations Worldwide

(

VAC

), up 13.9% and

Domino's Pizza

(

DPZ

), up 9.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

XPO Logistics

(

XPO

), down 17.6%,

Imax

(

IMAX

), down 13.4%,

SeaWorld Entertainment

(

SEAS

), down 11.7%,

ServiceMaster Global Holdings

(

SERV

), down 8.8% and

AMC Networks Inc A

(

AMCX

), down 8.0%.

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

3.

Sprouts Farmers Market

(

SFM

) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Sprouts Farmers Market is up $1.39 (5.5%) to $26.60 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.7 million shares of Sprouts Farmers Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.99-$28.00 after having opened the day at $26.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.21.

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Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of fresh, natural, and organic food in the United States. Sprouts Farmers Market has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 5.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Sprouts Farmers Market a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Sprouts Farmers Market

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, premium valuation, poor profit margins and disappointing return on equity. Get the full

Sprouts Farmers Market Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Kroger

(

KR

) is up $0.32 (0.8%) to $39.02 on light volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Kroger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.75-$39.40 after having opened the day at $38.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.70.

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The Kroger Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer in the United States and internationally. It also manufactures and processes food for sale in its supermarkets. Kroger has a market cap of $37.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 7.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Kroger a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Kroger

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. 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

Kroger Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Wal-Mart Stores

(

WMT

) is up $0.36 (0.5%) to $67.48 on light volume. Thus far, 3.6 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.33-$68.13 after having opened the day at $67.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.12.

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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $212.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 9.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Wal-Mart Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Wal-Mart Stores

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full

Wal-Mart Stores 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

).