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 89 points (-0.5%) at 16,857 as of Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,007 issues advancing vs. 1,935 declining with 173 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), up 14.2%, Rite Aid ( RAD), up 3.4%, H&R Block ( HRB), up 2.7%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 1.9% and Wynn Resorts ( WYNN), up 1.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include United Natural Foods ( UNFI), down 7.5%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), down 4.2%, Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), down 2.0%, Discovery Communications ( DISCA), down 1.8% and Royal Philips ( PHG), down 1.7%.

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

3. Expedia ( EXPE) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Expedia is up $1.07 (1.4%) to $76.16 on light volume. Thus far, 680,842 shares of Expedia exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.73-$76.17 after having opened the day at $75.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.09.

Expedia, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an online travel company in the United States and internationally. Expedia has a market cap of $8.7 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 7.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Expedia a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Expedia as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. 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 Expedia Ratings Report now.

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