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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3. As of noon trading, Canadian Pacific Railway ( CP) is up $2.05 (1.6%) to $126.88 on average volume. Thus far, 327,637 shares of Canadian Pacific Railway exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 863,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $124.94-$127.46 after having opened the day at $124.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $124.83.

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as a transcontinental railway providing freight transportation services, logistics solutions, and supply chain expertise in Canada and the United States. Canadian Pacific Railway has a market cap of $21.5 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 20.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Canadian Pacific Railway a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Canadian Pacific Railway as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Canadian Pacific Railway Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Gap ( GPS) is up $0.43 (1.0%) to $45.19 on average volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Gap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.82-$45.37 after having opened the day at $45.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.76.

The Gap, Inc. operates as an apparel retail company. It offers apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, children, and babies under the Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Piperlime, Athleta, and Intermix brands. The company operates through two segments, Stores and Direct. Gap has a market cap of $20.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 42.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Gap a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gap 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, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Gap Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, McDonald's Corporation ( MCD) is up $0.96 (0.9%) to $101.75 on average volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of McDonald's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $100.50-$101.79 after having opened the day at $100.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $100.79.

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. Its restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menus. McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $100.2 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 13.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate McDonald's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full McDonald's Corporation Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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