3 Services Stocks On The Rise

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 18 points (0.1%) at 16,551 as of Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,684 issues advancing vs. 1,250 declining with 198 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 Myriad Genetics ( MYGN), up 12.1%, Urban Outfitters ( URBN), up 3.4%, Sirius XM Holdings ( SIRI), up 3.2%, Staples ( SPLS), up 2.8% and Kroger ( KR), up 2.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Apollo Education Group ( APOL), down 8.3%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), down 2.5%, McGraw Hill Financial ( MHFI), down 0.8%, Tyco International ( TYC), down 0.8% and Luxottica Group ( LUX), down 0.7%.

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

3. Target ( TGT) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Target is up $0.53 (0.9%) to $61.10 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Target exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.45-$61.14 after having opened the day at $60.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.57.

Target Corporation operates general merchandise stores in the United States and Canada. Target has a market cap of $38.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 4.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Target a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Target as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Target Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Delta Air Lines ( DAL) is up $0.34 (1.0%) to $36.09 on average volume. Thus far, 7.1 million shares of Delta Air Lines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.73-$36.52 after having opened the day at $35.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.75.

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 $29.4 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 26.1% 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, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. 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 Delta Air Lines Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Time Warner Cable ( TWC) is up $2.15 (1.6%) to $139.70 on average volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Time Warner Cable exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $137.83-$139.88 after having opened the day at $137.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $137.55.

Time Warner Cable Inc., together with its subsidiaries, offers video, high-speed data, and voice services in the United States. Time Warner Cable has a market cap of $38.1 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 1.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Time Warner Cable a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner Cable as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. 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 Time Warner Cable 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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