3 Stocks Advancing The Services Sector

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 91 points (-0.5%) at 16,894 as of Thursday, July 10, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 864 issues advancing vs. 2,123 declining with 163 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include AthenaHealth ( ATHN), up 3.8%, Sirius XM Holdings ( SIRI), up 1.0%, Paychex ( PAYX), up 0.8% and Charter Communications ( CHTR), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Lumber Liquidators Holdings ( LL), down 20.1%, Luxottica Group SpA ( LUX), down 2.8%, L Brands ( LB), down 2.7%, Royal Philips ( PHG), down 2.4% and CarMax ( KMX), down 2.0%.

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

3. Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Vipshop Holdings is up $2.55 (1.4%) to $188.45 on average volume. Thus far, 487,659 shares of Vipshop Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $177.55-$188.50 after having opened the day at $178.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $185.90.

Vipshop Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as an online discount retailer for various brands in the People's Republic of China. Vipshop Holdings has a market cap of $10.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 122.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Vipshop Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vipshop Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Vipshop Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, United Continental Holdings ( UAL) is up $4.28 (10.7%) to $44.35 on heavy volume. Thus far, 11.2 million shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.20-$44.42 after having opened the day at $41.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.07.

United Continental Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides passenger and cargo transportation services. The company transports people and cargo through its mainline operations, which use jet aircraft with 118 seats, and its regional operations. United Continental Holdings has a market cap of $14.8 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 5.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate United Continental Holdings a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Continental Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full United Continental Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Delta Air Lines ( DAL) is up $0.57 (1.5%) to $37.53 on heavy volume. Thus far, 10.3 million shares of Delta Air Lines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.08-$37.69 after having opened the day at $36.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.96.

Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo worldwide. Its route network comprises various gateway airports in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Delta Air Lines has a market cap of $30.9 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 34.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Delta Air Lines a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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