3 Services Stocks Nudging The Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 122 points (0.7%) at 17,066 as of Monday, July 14, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,069 issues advancing vs. 930 declining with 155 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the sector include URS ( URS), up 11.4%, AECOM Technology ( ACM), up 8.7%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 3.5%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 2.6% and Amazon.com ( AMZN), up 2.4%. A company within the sector that fell today was United Continental Holdings ( UAL), up 1.6%.

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

3. Visa ( V) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Visa is up $4.53 (2.1%) to $221.53 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $217.65-$222.36 after having opened the day at $218.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $217.00.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, operates as a retail electronic payments network worldwide. The company facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. Visa has a market cap of $107.6 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 21 analysts who rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Visa Ratings Report now.

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