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 59 points (-0.4%) at 16,657 as of Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,380 issues advancing vs. 1,556 declining with 176 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Myriad Genetics ( MYGN), up 4.4%, YY ( YY), up 4.3%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 4.0%, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), up 2.5% and SBA Communications ( SBAC), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include URS ( URS), down 7.4%, LATAM Airlines Group ( LFL), down 4.0%, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), down 2.8%, Kohl's ( KSS), down 2.7% and Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 2.5%.

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

3. Ctrip.com International ( CTRP) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Ctrip.com International is up $1.21 (2.4%) to $51.27 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Ctrip.com International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.95-$51.78 after having opened the day at $50.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.06.

Ctrip.com International, Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, provides travel services for hotel accommodations, ticketing services, packaged tours, and corporate travel management in China. Ctrip.com International has a market cap of $6.9 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 0.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Ctrip.com International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ctrip.com International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Ctrip.com International Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Kroger ( KR) is up $0.29 (0.6%) to $46.88 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Kroger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.42-$46.90 after having opened the day at $46.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.59.

The Kroger Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer worldwide. The company also manufactures and processes food for sale in its supermarkets. It operates retail food and drug stores, multi-department stores, jewelry stores, and convenience stores. Kroger has a market cap of $23.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 17.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Kroger a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kroger as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. 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 Kroger Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Netflix ( NFLX) is up $2.47 (0.7%) to $349.61 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $346.06-$354.40 after having opened the day at $347.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $347.14.

Netflix, Inc. provides Internet television network service that enables subscribers to stream TV shows and movies directly on TVs, computers, and mobile devices in the United States and internationally. Netflix has a market cap of $20.7 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 5.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate Netflix a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Netflix as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. Get the full Netflix 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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