3 Services Stocks Moving The Sector Upward

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 14 points (-0.1%) at 16,140 as of Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,063 issues advancing vs. 873 declining with 164 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Myriad Genetics ( MYGN), up 9.8%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 9.0%, Delhaize Group ( DEG), up 5.5%, Rite Aid Corporation ( RAD), up 4.8% and Pandora Media ( P), up 5.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Norfolk Southern Corporation ( NSC), down 2.3%, Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), down 1.8%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), down 1.4%, Grupo Televisa S.A.B ( TV), down 1.2% and Carnival Corporation ( CCL), down 1.2%.

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

3. Walt Disney ( DIS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Walt Disney is up $0.75 (0.9%) to $79.98 on average volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.50-$80.00 after having opened the day at $79.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.23.

The Walt Disney Company operates as an entertainment company worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, Consumer Products, and Interactive. Walt Disney has a market cap of $138.8 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 3.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate Walt Disney a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney 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. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Walt Disney Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, eBay ( EBAY) is up $0.69 (1.3%) to $55.46 on light volume. Thus far, 4.9 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.51-$55.50 after having opened the day at $54.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.77.

eBay Inc. provides online platforms, tools, and services to help individuals and merchants in online and mobile commerce and payments in the United States and internationally. eBay has a market cap of $70.9 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are down 0.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 22 analysts who rate eBay a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates eBay 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, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full eBay Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Netflix ( NFLX) is up $3.85 (0.9%) to $439.36 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 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 $428.00-$441.24 after having opened the day at $436.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $435.51.

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 18.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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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