5 Stocks Driving The Services Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 53 points (0.4%) at 14,950 as of Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,495 issues advancing vs. 481 declining with 77 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.7%. Top gainers within the sector include GameStop ( GME), up 11.1%, Marriott International ( MAR), up 3.4%, Delta Air Lines ( DAL), up 3.3%, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation ( WYN), up 3.2% and LATAM Airlines Group S.A ( LFL), up 3.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Abercrombie & Fitch Company ( ANF), down 17.5%, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), down 8.3%, L Brands ( LTD), down 3.3%, Target ( TGT), down 1.5% and Sirius XM Radio ( SIRI), down 0.3%.

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

5. Directv ( DTV) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Directv is up $0.68 (1.2%) to $58.22 on average volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Directv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.55-$58.27 after having opened the day at $57.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.54.

DIRECTV provides digital television entertainment in the United States and Latin America. The company engages in acquiring, promoting, selling, and distributing digital entertainment programming primarily through satellite to residential and commercial subscribers. Directv has a market cap of $32.2 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 16.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Directv a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Directv as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations 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 Directv Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Union Pacific ( UNP) is up $3.15 (2.0%) to $158.02 on average volume. Thus far, 772,977 shares of Union Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $155.30-$158.23 after having opened the day at $155.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $154.87.

Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, provides rail transportation services in North America. Union Pacific has a market cap of $72.6 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 23.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Union Pacific a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Union Pacific as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Union Pacific Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Time Warner ( TWX) is up $1.07 (1.8%) to $62.33 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Time Warner exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.19-$62.38 after having opened the day at $61.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.26.

Time Warner Inc. operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Networks, Film and TV Entertainment, and Publishing. The Networks segment consists of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and Home Box Office, Inc. Time Warner has a market cap of $56.9 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 28.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Time Warner a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Time Warner Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, FedEx Corporation ( FDX) is up $2.05 (1.9%) to $110.12 on light volume. Thus far, 541,091 shares of FedEx Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $108.12-$110.22 after having opened the day at $108.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $108.07.

FedEx Corporation provides transportation, e-commerce, and business services in the United States and internationally. It operates in four segments: FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Freight, and FedEx Services. FedEx Corporation has a market cap of $34.5 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 17.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate FedEx Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates FedEx Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full FedEx Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Walt Disney ( DIS) is up $0.37 (0.6%) to $61.51 on average volume. Thus far, 3.2 million shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.16-$61.67 after having opened the day at $61.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.14.

The Walt Disney Company operates as an entertainment company worldwide. Its Media Networks segment engages in broadcast television network, television production and distribution, television stations, broadcast radio networks and stations, and publishing and digital operations. Walt Disney has a market cap of $110.5 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 22.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Walt Disney a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney 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, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Walt Disney 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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