Today's Top Performers In Services

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 27 points (-0.2%) at 16,879 as of Thursday, June 19, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,678 issues advancing vs. 1,278 declining with 191 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), up 1.5%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), up 1.5%, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), up 1.1%, Southwest Airlines ( LUV), up 0.9% and Directv ( DTV), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Pier 1 Imports ( PIR), down 12.9%, KBR ( KBR), down 9.9%, Rite Aid ( RAD), down 3.2%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), down 2.1% and CBS ( CBS), down 2.0%.

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

3. Yum Brands ( YUM) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Yum Brands is up $0.64 (0.8%) to $80.32 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Yum Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.83-$80.65 after having opened the day at $79.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.68.

YUM! Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates quick service restaurants in the United States and internationally. It operates in six segments: YUM Restaurants China, YUM Restaurants International, Taco Bell U.S., KFC U.S., Pizza Hut U.S., and YUM Restaurants India. Yum Brands has a market cap of $35.1 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 5.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Yum Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yum Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 Yum Brands Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Starbucks ( SBUX) is up $1.58 (2.1%) to $77.14 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.5 million shares of Starbucks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.46-$77.50 after having opened the day at $76.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.56.

Starbucks Corporation operates as a roaster, marketer, and retailer of specialty coffee worldwide. Its stores offer coffee and tea beverages, packaged roasted whole bean and ground coffees, single serve products, and juices and bottled water. Starbucks has a market cap of $56.7 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 17 analysts who rate Starbucks a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starbucks as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Starbucks Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN) is up $3.69 (1.9%) to $203.09 on average volume. Thus far, 929,615 shares of Wynn Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $200.70-$205.00 after having opened the day at $200.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $199.40.

Wynn Resorts, Limited, together with its subsidiaries, develops, owns, and operates destination casino resorts. It operates in two segments, Macau Operations and Las Vegas Operations. The company operates Wynn Macau and Encore at Wynn Macau resort located in the People's Republic of China. Wynn Resorts has a market cap of $20.0 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 2.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Wynn Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wynn Resorts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Wynn Resorts 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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