3 Services Stocks Moving The Sector Upward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 76 points (0.5%) at 16,332 as of Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,886 issues advancing vs. 1,057 declining with 161 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the sector include MSC Industrial Direct ( MSM), up 5.0%, Alaska Air Group ( ALK), up 3.8%, Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), up 3.1%, CBS Corporation ( CBS), up 3.1% and Wynn Resorts ( WYNN), up 3.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD), down 2.5%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), down 2.1%, Gap ( GPS), down 1.4%, Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT), down 1.0% and TJX Companies ( TJX), down 0.8%.

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

3. Time Warner Cable ( TWC) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Time Warner Cable is up $1.69 (1.2%) to $137.61 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Time Warner Cable exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $135.28-$138.31 after having opened the day at $135.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $135.92.

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 $37.8 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 0.3% 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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2. As of noon trading, MasterCard Incorporated ( MA) is up $0.86 (1.2%) to $72.38 on light volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.61-$72.49 after having opened the day at $71.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.52.

MasterCard Incorporated provides transaction processing and other payment-related services in the United States and internationally. It facilitates the processing of payment transactions, including authorization, clearing, and settlement, as well as delivers related products and services. MasterCard Incorporated has a market cap of $81.4 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 14.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 17 analysts who rate MasterCard Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MasterCard Incorporated as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full MasterCard Incorporated Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Visa ( V) is up $2.07 (1.0%) to $204.66 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $202.62-$205.46 after having opened the day at $204.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $202.59.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, operates as a retail electronic payments network worldwide. The company facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. Visa has a market cap of $102.6 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 9.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 18 analysts who rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa 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, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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 Visa 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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