3 Services Stocks Nudging The Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 4 points (0.0%) at 16,511 as of Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,718 issues advancing vs. 1,280 declining with 133 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include ManpowerGroup ( MAN), up 8.1%, Delta Air Lines ( DAL), up 5.2%, Sears Holdings ( SHLD), up 4.3%, Alaska Air Group ( ALK), up 2.8% and Royal Caribbean Cruises ( RCL), up 1.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Netflix ( NFLX), down 5.0%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 2.7%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), down 2.5%, Burger King Worldwide ( BKW), down 2.2% and Wynn Resorts ( WYNN), down 1.9%.

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 $1.11 (0.8%) to $139.54 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 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 $138.48-$139.93 after having opened the day at $138.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $138.43.

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 $37.9 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 2.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Time Warner Cable a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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, Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is up $0.58 (0.8%) to $78.14 on light volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.57-$78.28 after having opened the day at $77.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.56.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $250.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 1.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Wal-Mart Stores a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Wal-Mart Stores Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Comcast ( CMCSA) is up $0.47 (0.9%) to $51.30 on average volume. Thus far, 8.7 million shares of Comcast exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.74-$51.42 after having opened the day at $50.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.83.

Comcast Corporation operates as a media and technology company worldwide. It operates through Cable Communications, Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment, and Theme Parks segments. Comcast has a market cap of $106.9 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 2.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 20 analysts who rate Comcast a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Comcast as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Comcast 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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