3 Services Stocks Nudging The Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 78 points (0.5%) at 16,105 as of Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,755 issues advancing vs. 1,149 declining with 181 unchanged.

The Services sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Ingram Micro ( IM), up 13.5%, Cencosud ( CNCO), up 4.6%, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide ( HOT), up 3.6%, Whole Foods Market ( WFM), up 2.9% and Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD), up 2.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Weight Watchers International ( WTW), down 25.8%, Zillow ( Z), down 6.7%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), down 2.8%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), down 1.4% and Luxottica Group ( LUX), down 1.3%.

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

3. Dollar General Corporation ( DG) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Dollar General Corporation is up $0.80 (1.4%) to $56.71 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.05-$56.71 after having opened the day at $56.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.91.

Dollar General Corporation, a discount retailer, engages in the provision of various merchandise products in the United States. Dollar General Corporation has a market cap of $18.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 7.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Dollar General Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dollar General 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Dollar General Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Time Warner ( TWX) is up $1.04 (1.6%) to $65.64 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Time Warner exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.29-$65.76 after having opened the day at $64.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.60.

Time Warner Inc. operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Networks, Film and TV Entertainment, and Publishing. The Networks segment consists of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and Home Box Office, Inc. Time Warner has a market cap of $58.9 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 7.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate Time Warner a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner 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, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Time Warner Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is up $0.88 (1.1%) to $79.67 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.66-$79.73 after having opened the day at $78.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.79.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $64.6 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 0.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 analysts who rate Las Vegas Sands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Las Vegas Sands 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 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 Las Vegas Sands 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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