3 Services Stocks On The Rise

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 16,756 as of Friday, June 13, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,558 issues advancing vs. 1,369 declining with 183 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Express ( EXPR), up 20.4%, Grupo Televisa SAB ( TV), up 2.2%, Canadian Pacific Railway ( CP), up 2.0%, Alaska Air Group ( ALK), up 2.0% and Alliance Data Systems ( ADS), up 1.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Cencosud ( CNCO), down 2.8%, Priceline Group ( PCLN), down 2.2%, Rite Aid ( RAD), down 1.6%, Sysco ( SYY), down 1.5% and LKQ ( LKQ), down 1.4%.

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

3. Walgreen ( WAG) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Walgreen is up $0.54 (0.8%) to $73.01 on average volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Walgreen exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.79-$73.56 after having opened the day at $72.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.47.

Walgreen Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates a network of drugstores in the United States. It provides consumer goods and services, pharmacy, and health and wellness services through drugstores, as well as through mail, and by telephone and online. Walgreen has a market cap of $71.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 26.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Walgreen a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walgreen as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Walgreen Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is up $1.13 (1.6%) to $73.86 on light volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.72-$74.04 after having opened the day at $73.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.73.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. The company owns and operates The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, Sands Cotai Central, the Four Seasons Hotel Macao, the Plaza Casino, and the Sands Macao in Macau, the People's Republic of China. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $59.6 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 7.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate Las Vegas Sands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Las Vegas Sands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. 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 Las Vegas Sands Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, McDonald's ( MCD) is up $0.72 (0.7%) to $100.48 on average volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of McDonald's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $99.41-$100.59 after having opened the day at $99.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $99.76.

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 $99.3 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 2.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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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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