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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