3 Services Stocks Nudging The Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 30 points (0.2%) at 15,994 as of Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,823 issues advancing vs. 1,044 declining with 196 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 13.5%, Copa Holdings ( CPA), up 7.4%, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), up 7.2%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 4.5% and Verisk Analytics ( VRSK), up 3.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include URS Corporation ( URS), down 12.7%, Cabela's ( CAB), down 12.6%, Comcast ( CMCSK), down 3.6%, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide ( HOT), down 1.8% and Grupo Televisa S.A.B ( TV), down 1.8%.

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

3. CBS Corporation ( CBS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, CBS Corporation is up $2.35 (3.8%) to $64.20 on heavy volume. Thus far, 7.0 million shares of CBS Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.43-$64.90 after having opened the day at $63.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.85.

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 $34.2 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 3.0% 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. 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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2. As of noon trading, Time Warner Cable ( TWC) is up $8.80 (6.5%) to $144.11 on heavy volume. Thus far, 18.5 million shares of Time Warner Cable exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $143.30-$146.19 after having opened the day at $145.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $135.31.

Time Warner Cable Inc., together with its subsidiaries, offers video, high-speed data, and voice services to residential and business service customers over its broadband cable systems in the United States. Time Warner Cable has a market cap of $38.0 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 0.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Time Warner Cable a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner Cable as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. 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 Time Warner Cable Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Netflix ( NFLX) is up $7.90 (1.8%) to $436.84 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $425.00-$439.35 after having opened the day at $425.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $428.93.

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 $26.0 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are up 16.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Netflix a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Netflix as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. 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 Netflix 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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