3 Stocks Raising The Services Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 12 points (-0.1%) at 16,797 as of Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,344 issues advancing vs. 1,611 declining with 185 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), up 5.1%, FedEx ( FDX), up 4.9%, Golar LNG ( GLNG), up 4.1%, LKQ ( LKQ), up 2.8% and Advance Auto Parts ( AAP), up 2.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include YY ( YY), down 3.5%, Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), down 2.8%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), down 1.5%, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), down 1.4% and Alliance Data Systems ( ADS), down 1.1%.

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

3. Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands is up $0.54 (0.7%) to $73.70 on average volume. Thus far, 2.5 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 $72.35-$73.83 after having opened the day at $73.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.17.

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 $59.1 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 6.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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2. As of noon trading, Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is up $0.64 (0.9%) to $75.63 on average volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.92-$75.77 after having opened the day at $75.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.99.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $242.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 4.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Wal-Mart Stores a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Wal-Mart Stores Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, CBS ( CBS) is up $0.39 (0.7%) to $60.50 on average volume. Thus far, 3.7 million shares of CBS exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.89-$60.50 after having opened the day at $60.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.11.

CBS Corporation operates as a mass media company in the United States and internationally. It operates in five segments: Entertainment, Cable Networks, Publishing, Local Broadcasting, and Outdoor Americas. CBS has a market cap of $32.1 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 15 analysts who rate CBS a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBS as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full CBS 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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