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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