3 Services Stocks Driving The Sector Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 29 points (-0.2%) at 16,367 as of Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,229 issues advancing vs. 1,681 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Services sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation ( LGF), up 6.0%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), up 3.0%, DISH Network ( DISH), up 1.4%, Comcast ( CMCSA), up 1.4% and Amazon.com ( AMZN), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include AthenaHealth ( ATHN), down 4.7%, YY ( YY), down 3.9%, Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), down 3.6%, Whole Foods Market ( WFM), down 1.9% and Dollar Tree Stores ( DLTR), down 1.9%.

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

3. Delta Air Lines ( DAL) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Delta Air Lines is up $0.36 (1.0%) to $34.81 on average volume. Thus far, 5.2 million shares of Delta Air Lines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.62-$35.15 after having opened the day at $34.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.45.

Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo worldwide. Its route network comprises various gateway airports in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Delta Air Lines has a market cap of $27.7 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 18.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Delta Air Lines a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Delta Air Lines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. 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 Delta Air Lines Ratings Report now.

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