4 Services Stocks Moving The Sector Upward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 82 points (-0.5%) at 15,473 as of Friday, July 26, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,028 issues advancing vs. 1,878 declining with 105 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include Starbucks Corporation ( SBUX), up 7.0%, McKesson ( MCK), up 4.5%, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), up 3.6%, Cardinal Health ( CAH), up 1.9% and Delta Air Lines ( DAL), up 1.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Cencosud ( CNCO), down 2.2%, Bed Bath & Beyond ( BBBY), down 1.9%, Priceline.com ( PCLN), down 1.6%, CSX ( CSX), down 1.6% and Target ( TGT), down 1.1%.

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

4. Dunkin Brands Group ( DNKN) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Dunkin Brands Group is up $2.13 (5.2%) to $43.40 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Dunkin Brands Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 946,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.74-$43.49 after having opened the day at $41.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.27.

Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and franchises quick service restaurants under the Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands worldwide. Dunkin Brands Group has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 24.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Dunkin Brands Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dunkin Brands Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and premium valuation. Get the full Dunkin Brands Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, United Continental Holdings ( UAL) is up $1.70 (5.0%) to $36.00 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.86-$36.25 after having opened the day at $33.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.30.

United Continental Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides passenger and cargo air transportation services. The company operates in six continents from its hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. United Continental Holdings has a market cap of $11.7 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 46.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate United Continental Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Continental Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full United Continental Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Yum Brands ( YUM) is up $1.20 (1.7%) to $73.30 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Yum Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.77-$73.34 after having opened the day at $72.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.10.

YUM! Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates quick service restaurants in the United States and internationally. It operates in six segments: YUM Restaurants China, YUM Restaurants International, Taco Bell U.S., KFC U.S., Pizza Hut U.S., and YUM Restaurants India. Yum Brands has a market cap of $31.9 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 8.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Yum Brands a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yum Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Yum Brands Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is up $6.84 (2.2%) to $310.24 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.5 million shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $295.55-$310.50 after having opened the day at $299.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $303.40.

Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. The company operates in two segments, North America and International. Amazon.com has a market cap of $136.1 billion and is part of the internet industry. Shares are up 19.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 25 analysts that rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

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