3 Services Stocks On The Rise

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 125 points (-0.8%) at 16,333 as of Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,733 issues advancing vs. 1,234 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Luxottica Group ( LUX), up 6.3%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 3.5%, Gap ( GPS), up 2.7%, Amazon.com ( AMZN), up 1.1% and Priceline.com ( PCLN), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include LKQ Corporation ( LKQ), down 6.5%, YY ( YY), down 5.2%, Expedia ( EXPE), down 4.5%, Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), down 3.0% and Royal Caribbean Cruises ( RCL), down 2.3%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

3. Directv ( DTV) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Directv is up $0.79 (1.1%) to $72.44 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Directv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.06-$73.33 after having opened the day at $72.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.65.

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 $37.6 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Directv a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Directv Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, FedEx Corporation ( FDX) is up $0.82 (0.6%) to $141.33 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of FedEx Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $140.92-$142.62 after having opened the day at $141.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $140.51.

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 $43.9 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate FedEx Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 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 solid stock price performance, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full FedEx Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Delta Air Lines ( DAL) is up $0.84 (2.7%) to $31.91 on heavy volume. Thus far, 10.1 million shares of Delta Air Lines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.65-$32.65 after having opened the day at $32.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.07.

Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo in the United States and internationally. Its route network is centered around a system of hub and international gateway airports in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Delta Air Lines has a market cap of $26.6 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Delta Air Lines a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Delta Air Lines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and revenue growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Delta Air Lines Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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