3 Services Stocks Pushing The Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 11 points (0.1%) at 16,218 as of Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,600 issues advancing vs. 1,298 declining with 186 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 Bloomin Brands ( BLMN), up 11.9%, Live Nation Entertainment ( LYV), up 7.4%, Dillards ( DDS), up 6.5%, GameStop ( GME), up 6.0% and Macy's ( M), up 4.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Expeditors International of Washington ( EXPD), down 6.0%, Charter Communications ( CHTR), down 1.8%, Comcast Corp Class A ( CMCSK), down 1.2%, FedEx Corporation ( FDX), down 1.1% and Canadian Pacific Railway ( CP), down 0.9%.

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

3. Priceline.com ( PCLN) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Priceline.com is up $35.33 (2.7%) to $1,349.00 on heavy volume. Thus far, 596,066 shares of Priceline.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 675,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $1,315.15-$1,357.16 after having opened the day at $1,316.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1,313.67.

priceline.com Incorporated operates as an online travel company. Priceline.com has a market cap of $68.6 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 13.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 18 analysts who rate Priceline.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Priceline.com as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Priceline.com Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is up $7.28 (2.1%) to $359.06 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $351.58-$361.08 after having opened the day at $353.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $351.78.

Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. The company operates in two segments, North America and International. Amazon.com has a market cap of $159.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 13.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 23 analysts who rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amazon.com as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. 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 Amazon.com Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Netflix ( NFLX) is up $8.82 (2.0%) to $455.82 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 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 $445.00-$457.79 after having opened the day at $450.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $447.00.

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 $25.9 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are up 21.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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