Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Services Sector

Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 44 points (-0.3%) at 15,417 as of Friday, July 12, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,253 issues advancing vs. 1,644 declining with 132 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Netflix ( NFLX), up 3.9%, H&R Block ( HRB), up 2.8%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), up 2.1%, CBS Corporation ( CBS), up 2.2% and Delta Air Lines ( DAL), up 2.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B ( UPS), down 5.7%, Dollar General Corporation ( DG), down 3.4%, FedEx Corporation ( FDX), down 2.2%, Grupo Televisa S.A.B ( TV), down 1.2% and Luxottica Group ( LUX), down 1.2%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

4. AthenaHealth ( ATHN) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, AthenaHealth is up $13.87 (15.2%) to $105.44 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of AthenaHealth exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 408,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $103.36-$108.89 after having opened the day at $106.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $91.57.

athenahealth, Inc., a business services company, provides ongoing billing, clinical-related, and other related services to medical group practices primarily in the United States. The company provides services through the athenaNet, a proprietary Internet-based practice management application. AthenaHealth has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 21.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate AthenaHealth a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AthenaHealth as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and premium valuation. Get the full AthenaHealth Ratings Report now.

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