Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Services Sector

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 30 points (0.2%) at 16,949 as of Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,346 issues advancing vs. 1,589 declining with 185 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Hain Celestial Group ( HAIN), up 10.8%, American Eagle Outfitters ( AEO), up 8.3%, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), up 3.3%, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), up 2.7% and Jacobs Engineering Group ( JEC), up 2.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), down 9.1%, Luxottica Group SpA ( LUX), down 4.1% and Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG), down 0.7%.

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

3. Delta Air Lines ( DAL) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Delta Air Lines is up $0.88 (2.2%) to $40.42 on light volume. Thus far, 4.6 million shares of Delta Air Lines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.60-$40.42 after having opened the day at $39.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.54.

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Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo worldwide. Its route network comprises various gateway airports in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Delta Air Lines has a market cap of $33.3 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 43.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Delta Air Lines a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Delta Air Lines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Delta Air Lines Ratings Report now.

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