3 Services Stocks Nudging The Sector Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 42 points (-0.2%) at 17,072 as of Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,641 issues advancing vs. 1,297 declining with 186 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Delta Air Lines ( DAL), up 3.1%, Trinity Industries ( TRN), up 2.4%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), up 2.0%, Southwest Airlines ( LUV), up 1.9% and Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), up 1.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Omnicare ( OCR), down 3.1%, Time Warner ( TWX), down 3.1%, Twenty-First Century Fox ( FOXA), down 2.2%, Grupo Televisa SAB ( TV), down 1.5% and MasterCard ( MA), down 1.3%.

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

3. Robert Half International ( RHI) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Robert Half International is up $3.23 (6.7%) to $51.43 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Robert Half International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 841,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.88-$53.08 after having opened the day at $51.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.20.

Robert Half International Inc. provides staffing and risk consulting services in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Robert Half International has a market cap of $6.6 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 14.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Robert Half International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Robert Half International 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, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Robert Half International Ratings Report now.

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