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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2. As of noon trading, TJX Companies ( TJX) is up $0.58 (1.1%) to $53.06 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of TJX Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.64-$53.18 after having opened the day at $52.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.48.

The TJX Companies, Inc. operates as an off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the United States and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Marmaxx, HomeGoods, TJX Canada, and TJX Europe. TJX Companies has a market cap of $36.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 17.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate TJX Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TJX Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full TJX Companies Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Dollar General ( DG) is up $0.52 (0.9%) to $55.64 on average volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Dollar General exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.94-$55.78 after having opened the day at $55.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.12.

Dollar General Corporation, a discount retailer, provides merchandise products in the United States. Dollar General has a market cap of $16.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 8.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Dollar General a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dollar General as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Dollar General 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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