3 Services Stocks Moving The Sector Upward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 14 points (-0.1%) at 16,929 as of Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 966 issues advancing vs. 1,989 declining with 165 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), up 3.5%, Netflix ( NFLX), up 1.9% and Amazon.com ( AMZN), up 1.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include AthenaHealth ( ATHN), down 3.9%, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), down 2.6%, Grupo Televisa SAB ( TV), down 2.6%, eBay ( EBAY), down 2.3% and Wynn Resorts ( WYNN), down 2.2%.

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 $2.06 (3.6%) to $59.23 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Ctrip.com International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.83-$59.45 after having opened the day at $57.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.17.

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 $7.8 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 15.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, Whole Foods Market ( WFM) is up $0.71 (1.7%) to $41.85 on average volume. Thus far, 4.4 million shares of Whole Foods Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.20-$42.20 after having opened the day at $41.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.14.

Whole Foods Market, Inc. operates as a retailer of natural and organic foods. Whole Foods Market has a market cap of $15.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 28.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Whole Foods Market a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whole Foods Market 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 and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Whole Foods Market Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Visa ( V) is up $1.83 (0.9%) to $214.41 on light volume. Thus far, 914,700 shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $212.75-$214.78 after having opened the day at $213.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $212.58.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, operates as a retail electronic payments network worldwide. The company facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. Visa has a market cap of $106.4 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 4.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 22 analysts who rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Visa 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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