3 Stocks Raising The Services Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 38 points (0.2%) at 16,236 as of Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,761 issues advancing vs. 1,149 declining with 174 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 J.C. Penney ( JCP), up 23.6%, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), up 6.2%, Lamar Advertising ( LAMR), up 5.2%, Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), up 3.4% and Copart ( CPRT), up 3.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include LKQ Corporation ( LKQ), down 6.9%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), down 5.0%, Staples ( SPLS), down 1.5% and Amazon.com ( AMZN), down 1.0%.

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

3. Directv ( DTV) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Directv is up $0.69 (0.9%) to $75.70 on light volume. Thus far, 771,004 shares of Directv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.75-$75.70 after having opened the day at $74.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.01.

DIRECTV provides digital television entertainment in the United States and Latin America. The company engages in acquiring, promoting, selling, and distributing digital entertainment programming primarily through satellite to residential and commercial subscribers. Directv has a market cap of $38.2 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 8.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Directv a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Directv as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Directv Ratings Report now.

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