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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2. As of noon trading, Priceline Group ( PCLN) is up $15.11 (1.2%) to $1,230.03 on average volume. Thus far, 357,941 shares of Priceline Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 818,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $1,215.51-$1,236.00 after having opened the day at $1,221.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1,214.92.

The Priceline Group Inc. operates as an online travel company. Priceline Group has a market cap of $63.8 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 4.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 17 analysts who rate Priceline Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Priceline Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Priceline Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Netflix ( NFLX) is up $11.17 (2.5%) to $451.13 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $439.00-$455.24 after having opened the day at $443.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $439.96.

Netflix, Inc. operates as an Internet television network, is engaged in the Internet delivery of TV shows and movies directly on TVs, computers, and mobile devices in the United States and internationally. Netflix has a market cap of $26.3 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 19.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate Netflix a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Netflix as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust 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 Netflix 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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