Services Stocks On The Rise With Help From 3 Stocks

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 60 points (0.4%) at 16,517 as of Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,859 issues advancing vs. 1,154 declining with 141 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 5.8%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), up 5.3%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), up 4.1%, Expedia ( EXPE), up 3.5% and Magna International ( MGA), up 2.7%. A company within the sector that fell today was Paychex ( PAYX), up 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 $1.05 (1.3%) to $81.12 on light volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $80.39-$81.39 after having opened the day at $80.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.07.

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 $138.4 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 4.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, priceline.com Incorporated ( PCLN) is up $41.71 (3.5%) to $1,233.60 on heavy volume. Thus far, 744,385 shares of priceline.com Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 829,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $1,201.11-$1,243.15 after having opened the day at $1,203.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1,191.89.

priceline.com Incorporated operates as an online travel company. Priceline.com Incorporated has a market cap of $62.2 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 17 analysts who rate priceline.com Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates priceline.com Incorporated 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 Incorporated Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is up $5.98 (1.8%) to $342.35 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $338.00-$344.43 after having opened the day at $338.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $336.36.

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 $155.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 15.7% 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 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amazon.com as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Amazon.com 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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