Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Services Sector

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 147 points (1.0%) at 15,587 as of Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,311 issues advancing vs. 626 declining with 152 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 1.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.0%. Top gainers within the sector include Advance Auto Parts ( AAP), up 12.7%, O'Reilly Automotive ( ORLY), up 9.1%, Alliance Data Systems Corporation ( ADS), up 8.2%, Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), up 7.6% and Walt Disney ( DIS), up 5.2%.

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

5. United Continental Holdings ( UAL) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, United Continental Holdings is up $1.62 (3.7%) to $45.23 on light volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.64-$45.93 after having opened the day at $43.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.61.

United Continental Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides passenger and cargo air transportation services. The company operates in six continents from its hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. United Continental Holdings has a market cap of $15.9 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 15.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate United Continental Holdings a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Continental Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full United Continental Holdings Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, CBS Corporation ( CBS) is up $1.12 (1.9%) to $60.06 on average volume. Thus far, 3.2 million shares of CBS Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.79-$61.04 after having opened the day at $59.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.94.

CBS Corporation operates as a mass media company in the United States and internationally. It operates in five segments: Entertainment, Cable Networks, Publishing, Local Broadcasting, and Outdoor Americas. CBS Corporation has a market cap of $32.5 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 7.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 17 analysts who rate CBS Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBS Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. 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 CBS Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, United Parcel Service ( UPS) is up $0.68 (0.7%) to $94.44 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of United Parcel Service exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $94.01-$94.50 after having opened the day at $94.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.76.

United Parcel Service, Inc., a package delivery company, provides transportation, logistics, and financial services in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: U.S. Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain and Freight. The U.S. United Parcel Service has a market cap of $66.8 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 10.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate United Parcel Service a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Parcel Service as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full United Parcel Service Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Target ( TGT) is up $0.88 (1.6%) to $55.95 on average volume. Thus far, 4.2 million shares of Target exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.08-$56.00 after having opened the day at $55.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.07.

Target Corporation operates general merchandise stores in the United States. Target has a market cap of $34.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 13.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Target a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, McDonald's Corporation ( MCD) is up $1.23 (1.3%) to $94.81 on light volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of McDonald's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $93.69-$94.96 after having opened the day at $93.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.58.

McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the United States, Europe, the Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Latin America. Its restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menus. McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $92.6 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate McDonald's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full McDonald's Corporation 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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