3 Stocks Moving The Services Sector Upward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 63 points (0.4%) at 17,115 as of Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,207 issues advancing vs. 762 declining with 147 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include United Continental Holdings ( UAL), up 2.8%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 2.7%, Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), up 2.5%, Canadian National Railway ( CNI), up 2.3% and Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), up 2.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Netflix ( NFLX), down 5.4%, McDonald's ( MCD), down 1.8% and CBS ( CBS), down 1.1%.

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

3. Walt Disney ( DIS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Walt Disney is up $0.70 (0.8%) to $86.44 on average volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $85.51-$86.46 after having opened the day at $86.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.74.

The Walt Disney Company operates as an entertainment company worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, Consumer Products, and Interactive. Walt Disney has a market cap of $147.8 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 12.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts who rate Walt Disney a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Walt Disney Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Visa ( V) is up $2.26 (1.0%) to $221.48 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $220.71-$222.59 after having opened the day at $220.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $219.22.

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 $111.2 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 1.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 20 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 no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Visa Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Priceline Group ( PCLN) is up $11.94 (1.0%) to $1,227.86 on light volume. Thus far, 276,156 shares of Priceline Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 784,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $1,216.80-$1,232.75 after having opened the day at $1,223.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1,215.92.

The Priceline Group Inc. operates as an online travel company. Priceline Group has a market cap of $64.2 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 4.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 16 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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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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