3 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 91 points (0.6%) at 16,492 as of Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,744 issues advancing vs. 1,239 declining with 163 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Caesars Entertainment ( CZR), up 14.8%, Live Nation Entertainment ( LYV), up 8.0%, Directv ( DTV), up 3.2%, Royal Philips ( PHG), up 2.4% and FedEx ( FDX), up 1.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Whole Foods Market ( WFM), down 18.7%, GNC Holdings ( GNC), down 15.4%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), down 7.1%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), down 6.8% and AthenaHealth ( ATHN), down 5.7%.

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 $0.39 (0.7%) to $58.03 on average volume. Thus far, 3.7 million shares of Target exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.66-$58.25 after having opened the day at $57.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.64.

Target Corporation operates general merchandise stores in the United States and Canada. Target has a market cap of $37.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 8.9% 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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