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 29 points (0.2%) at 17,012 as of Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,550 issues advancing vs. 1,408 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include TAL Education Group ( XRS), up 8.4%, Sally Beauty Holdings ( SBH), up 4.1%, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN), up 4.2%, Darden Restaurants ( DRI), up 3.9% and Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), up 2.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Men's Wearhouse ( MW), down 6.3%, Anixter International ( AXE), down 4.2%, Jacobs Engineering Group ( JEC), down 2.0%, Expeditors International of Washington ( EXPD), down 2.1% and Walgreen ( WAG), down 1.2%.

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

3. Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands is up $1.56 (2.1%) to $75.47 on average volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.53-$75.50 after having opened the day at $74.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.91.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. The company owns and operates The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, Sands Cotai Central, the Four Seasons Hotel Macao, the Plaza Casino, and the Sands Macao in Macau, the People's Republic of China. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $59.1 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 6.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate Las Vegas Sands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Las Vegas Sands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. 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 Las Vegas Sands Ratings Report now.

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