3 Stocks Raising The Services Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 55 points (0.3%) at 16,661 as of Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,943 issues advancing vs. 1,024 declining with 173 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Moody's Corporation ( MCO), up 3.6%, Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG), up 2.8%, Expedia ( EXPE), up 2.9%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), up 2.4% and Rite Aid ( RAD), up 2.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include LATAM Airlines Group ( LFL), down 2.4%, Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD), down 1.7%, AutoZone ( AZO), down 1.9%, Advance Auto Parts ( AAP), down 1.2% and Amazon.com ( AMZN), down 1.4%.

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

3. McDonald's ( MCD) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, McDonald's is up $0.50 (0.5%) to $102.50 on light volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of McDonald's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $102.07-$102.85 after having opened the day at $102.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $102.00.

McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the United States, Europe, the Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Latin America. The company's restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menus. McDonald's has a market cap of $100.8 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 5.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate McDonald's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full McDonald's Ratings Report now.

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