5 Services Stocks Driving The Sector Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 7 points (0.0%) at 14,818 as of Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,623 issues advancing vs. 1,312 declining with 88 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include MasterCard Incorporated ( MA), up 2.9%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), up 2.6%, Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), up 2.5%, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), up 2.5% and Royal Philips ( PHG), up 2.4%. A company within the sector that fell today was Cencosud ( CNCO), up 2.8%.

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

5. eBay ( EBAY) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, eBay is up $0.48 (0.9%) to $50.46 on average volume. Thus far, 4.1 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.44-$51.08 after having opened the day at $50.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.99.

eBay Inc. provides online platforms, tools, and services to help individuals and merchants in online and mobile commerce and payments in the United States and internationally. eBay has a market cap of $64.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. Currently there are 24 analysts that rate eBay a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates eBay 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, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full eBay Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Priceline.com ( PCLN) is up $7.87 (0.8%) to $946.40 on average volume. Thus far, 277,170 shares of Priceline.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 658,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $942.92-$953.65 after having opened the day at $949.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $938.53.

priceline.com Incorporated operates as a online travel company. Priceline.com has a market cap of $48.3 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Priceline.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Priceline.com as a buy. 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, 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 Priceline.com Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Visa ( V) is up $2.08 (1.2%) to $176.50 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $175.82-$178.40 after having opened the day at $176.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $174.42.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, engages in the operation of retail electronic payments network worldwide. It facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. Visa has a market cap of $89.8 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations 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 Visa Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is up $8.39 (3.0%) to $289.37 on average volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $284.17-$291.39 after having opened the day at $284.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $280.98.

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 $128.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. Currently there are 24 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 robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. 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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1. As of noon trading, Netflix ( NFLX) is up $4.02 (1.4%) to $287.93 on average volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $284.55-$290.71 after having opened the day at $287.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $283.91.

Netflix, Inc. provides Internet television network service that enables subscribers to stream TV shows and movies directly on TVs, computers, and mobile devices in the United States and internationally. Netflix has a market cap of $16.7 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Netflix a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 18 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Netflix as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, premium valuation and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Netflix 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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