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 78 points (0.5%) at 16,438 as of Thursday, March 6, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,775 issues advancing vs. 1,148 declining with 152 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include YY ( YY), up 5.9%, Cencosud ( CNCO), up 4.3%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 3.5%, Yum Brands ( YUM), up 3.2% and Grupo Televisa S.A.B ( TV), up 2.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Copa Holdings ( CPA), down 8.7%, and Walgreen Company ( WAG), down 1.6%.

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 $1.16 (1.5%) to $79.26 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Directv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.01-$79.28 after having opened the day at $78.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.10.

DIRECTV provides digital television entertainment in the United States and Latin America. The company is engaged in acquiring, promoting, selling, and distributing digital entertainment programming primarily through satellite to residential and commercial subscribers. Directv has a market cap of $39.7 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 12.9% 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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2. As of noon trading, McKesson ( MCK) is up $1.09 (0.6%) to $183.05 on light volume. Thus far, 592,013 shares of McKesson exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $181.61-$183.94 after having opened the day at $182.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $181.96.

McKesson Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, delivers pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, and health care information technologies to the healthcare industry primarily in the United States. It operates in two segments, McKesson Distribution Solutions and McKesson Technology Solutions. McKesson has a market cap of $41.6 billion and is part of the wholesale industry. Shares are up 12.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts who rate McKesson a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McKesson as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full McKesson Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Twenty-First Century Fox ( FOXA) is up $0.50 (1.5%) to $34.44 on average volume. Thus far, 4.8 million shares of Twenty-First Century Fox exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.93-$34.46 after having opened the day at $34.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.94.

Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. operates as a diversified media and entertainment company worldwide. Twenty-First Century Fox has a market cap of $49.3 billion and is part of the media industry. Currently there are 16 analysts who rate Twenty-First Century Fox a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Twenty-First Century Fox 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, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Twenty-First Century Fox 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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