Today's Top Performers In Services

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 3 points (0.0%) at 15,545 as of Thursday, July 25, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,346 issues advancing vs. 1,602 declining with 83 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 10.8%, Ingram Micro ( IM), up 7.5%, Visa ( V), up 4.5%, Canadian Pacific Railway ( CP), up 2.4% and Netflix ( NFLX), up 2.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include United Continental Holdings ( UAL), down 4.8%, Lowe's Companies ( LOW), down 1.9%, FedEx Corporation ( FDX), down 1.5%, Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), down 1.5% and Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), down 1.2%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

5. Canadian National Railway ( CNI) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Canadian National Railway is up $0.94 (0.9%) to $100.26 on average volume. Thus far, 233,597 shares of Canadian National Railway exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 605,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $98.98-$100.35 after having opened the day at $99.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $99.32.

Canadian National Railway Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in rail and related transportation business in North America. Canadian National Railway has a market cap of $41.7 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Canadian National Railway a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Canadian National Railway as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Canadian National Railway Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, GNC Holdings ( GNC) is up $4.33 (9.3%) to $50.97 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of GNC Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.53-$51.23 after having opened the day at $48.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.64.

GNC Holdings, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of health and wellness products. It operates through three segments: Retail, Franchise, and Manufacturing/Wholesale. GNC Holdings has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 41.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate GNC Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates GNC Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. Get the full GNC Holdings Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, O'Reilly Automotive ( ORLY) is up $3.78 (3.2%) to $121.61 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of O'Reilly Automotive exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 620,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $120.80-$124.28 after having opened the day at $124.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $117.83.

O'Reilly Automotive, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the retail of automotive aftermarket parts, tools, supplies, equipment, and accessories in the United States. O'Reilly Automotive has a market cap of $13.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 32.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate O'Reilly Automotive a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates O'Reilly Automotive as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full O'Reilly Automotive Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide ( HOT) is up $2.20 (3.5%) to $65.52 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.18-$66.08 after having opened the day at $63.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.32.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. operates as a hotel and leisure company worldwide. The company operates luxury and upscale full-service hotels, resorts, residences, retreats, select-service hotels, and extended stay hotels under the St. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has a market cap of $12.8 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 14.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Gap ( GPS) is up $0.50 (1.1%) to $45.30 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Gap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.62-$45.31 after having opened the day at $44.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.81.

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 $21.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 44.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Gap a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 14 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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If you are interested in one of these 5 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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