3 Services Stocks On The Rise

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 24 points (0.1%) at 16,720 as of Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,382 issues advancing vs. 1,595 declining with 161 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Vantiv ( VNTV), up 4.0%, McKesson ( MCK), up 2.9%, Liberty Global ( LBTYA), up 1.7%, Expeditors International of Washington ( EXPD), up 1.2% and United Parcel Service ( UPS), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include DXP ( DXPE), down 38.5%, ExamWorks Group ( EXAM), down 12.7%, Tractor Supply ( TSCO), down 2.5%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 2.3% and Dollar Tree Stores ( DLTR), down 2.2%.

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

3. Liberty Global ( LBTYK) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Liberty Global is up $0.73 (1.8%) to $42.02 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Liberty Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.10-$42.14 after having opened the day at $41.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.29.

Liberty Global plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides video, broadband Internet, fixed-line telephony, and mobile services in Europe, Chile, Puerto Rico, and internationally. Liberty Global has a market cap of $23.3 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 2.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Liberty Global as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Liberty Global Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Sirius XM Holdings ( SIRI) is up $0.04 (1.2%) to $3.24 on average volume. Thus far, 27.8 million shares of Sirius XM Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 66.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $3.20-$3.27 after having opened the day at $3.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.20.

Sirius XM Holdings Inc. provides satellite radio services in the United States and Canada. Sirius XM Holdings has a market cap of $19.1 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 8.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Sirius XM Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sirius XM Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, premium valuation and deteriorating net income. Get the full Sirius XM Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Yum Brands ( YUM) is up $0.44 (0.6%) to $76.56 on light volume. Thus far, 863,010 shares of Yum Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.26-$76.85 after having opened the day at $76.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.13.

YUM! Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates quick service restaurants in the United States and internationally. It operates in six segments: YUM Restaurants China, YUM Restaurants International, Taco Bell U.S., KFC U.S., Pizza Hut U.S., and YUM Restaurants India. Yum Brands has a market cap of $33.7 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 0.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Yum Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yum Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 Yum Brands 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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