3 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 79 points (-0.5%) at 16,635 as of Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,072 issues advancing vs. 1,895 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Zillow ( Z), up 2.0%, Delhaize Group ( DEG), up 1.4%, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), up 1.2%, Netflix ( NFLX), up 1.0% and McGraw Hill Financial ( MHFI), up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Dillards ( DDS), down 6.7%, GameStop ( GME), down 5.0%, Nordstrom ( JWN), down 4.0%, Fastenal ( FAST), down 2.4% and Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 2.3%.

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

3. Liberty Global ( LBTYK) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Liberty Global is up $0.43 (1.0%) to $42.08 on light volume. Thus far, 999,737 shares of Liberty Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.79-$42.37 after having opened the day at $41.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.65.

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Liberty Global plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides video, broadband Internet, fixed-line telephony, and mobile services in Europe, Chile, Puerto Rico, and internationally. Liberty Global has a market cap of $22.6 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 3.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Liberty Global as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Liberty Global Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Yum Brands ( YUM) is up $0.45 (0.6%) to $71.50 on average volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Yum Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.30-$71.87 after having opened the day at $71.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.05.

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YUM! Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates quick service restaurants in the United States and internationally. It operates in six segments: YUM Restaurants China, YUM Restaurants International, Taco Bell U.S., KFC U.S., Pizza Hut U.S., and YUM Restaurants India. Yum Brands has a market cap of $31.0 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 6.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Yum Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yum Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Yum Brands Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Walt Disney ( DIS) is up $0.53 (0.6%) to $89.14 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.7 million shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.69-$89.44 after having opened the day at $89.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.61.

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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 $150.4 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 14.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 weak operating cash flow. Get the full Walt Disney 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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