3 Services Stocks Moving The Sector Upward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 77 points (-0.5%) at 16,791 as of Thursday, June 26, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,231 issues advancing vs. 1,744 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), up 4.8%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 2.6%, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), up 2.3%, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN), up 2.2% and Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), up 1.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Discovery Communications ( DISCA), down 3.2%, JB Hunt Transport Services ( JBHT), down 2.6%, Fidelity National Information Services ( FIS), down 1.8%, TJX Companies ( TJX), down 1.8% and Gap ( GPS), down 1.6%.

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

3. MGM Resorts International ( MGM) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, MGM Resorts International is up $0.79 (3.0%) to $26.70 on average volume. Thus far, 6.1 million shares of MGM Resorts International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.08-$26.83 after having opened the day at $26.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.91.

MGM Resorts International, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns and/or operates casino resorts. The company operates in two segments, Wholly Owned Domestic Resorts and MGM China. MGM Resorts International has a market cap of $12.6 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 10.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate MGM Resorts International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MGM Resorts International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 MGM Resorts International Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Lowe's Companies ( LOW) is up $0.34 (0.7%) to $47.04 on average volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.75-$47.44 after having opened the day at $46.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.70.

Lowe's Companies, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It offers products for maintenance, repair, remodeling, and home decorating. Lowe's Companies has a market cap of $46.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Lowe's Companies a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lowe's Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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 Lowe's Companies Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Directv ( DTV) is up $0.44 (0.5%) to $84.84 on light volume. Thus far, 808,803 shares of Directv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.27-$84.91 after having opened the day at $84.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.40.

DIRECTV provides digital television entertainment services in the United States and Latin America. The company acquires, promotes, sells, and distributes digital entertainment programming primarily through satellite to residential and commercial subscribers. Directv has a market cap of $42.6 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 22.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Directv a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Directv as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Directv 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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