5 Services Stocks Nudging 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 40 points (0.3%) at 15,878 as of Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,973 issues advancing vs. 972 declining with 141 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include TAL Education Group ( XRS), up 13.6%, YY ( YY), up 11.7%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 10.5%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 4.8% and Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), up 4.4%. A company within the sector that fell today was Home Depot ( HD), up 0.7%.

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

5. Union Pacific ( UNP) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Union Pacific is up $0.87 (0.5%) to $172.08 on light volume. Thus far, 725,211 shares of Union Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $171.32-$173.98 after having opened the day at $171.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $171.21.

Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, provides rail transportation services in North America. Union Pacific has a market cap of $79.1 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate Union Pacific a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins 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 Union Pacific Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Twenty-First Century Fox ( FOXA) is up $0.16 (0.5%) to $31.21 on average volume. Thus far, 5.5 million shares of Twenty-First Century Fox exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.02-$31.53 after having opened the day at $31.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.05.

Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. operates as a diversified media and entertainment company worldwide. Twenty-First Century Fox has a market cap of $46.4 billion and is part of the media industry. Currently there are 16 analysts who rate Twenty-First Century Fox a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Twenty-First Century Fox as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year 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 Twenty-First Century Fox Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, CVS Caremark ( CVS) is up $0.83 (1.2%) to $68.36 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of CVS Caremark exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.66-$68.78 after having opened the day at $67.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.53.

CVS Caremark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated pharmacy health care services in the United States. CVS Caremark has a market cap of $80.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts who rate CVS Caremark a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CVS Caremark 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, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full CVS Caremark Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Delta Air Lines ( DAL) is up $0.55 (1.8%) to $31.14 on average volume. Thus far, 4.9 million shares of Delta Air Lines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.54-$31.51 after having opened the day at $30.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.59.

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 1.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 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, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. 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 Delta Air Lines Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Visa ( V) is up $3.33 (1.5%) to $219.55 on average volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $217.40-$222.36 after having opened the day at $217.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $216.22.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, is engaged in the operation of retail electronic payments network worldwide. The company facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. Visa has a market cap of $111.9 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 17 analysts who rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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 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 Visa 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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