3 Stocks Moving The Services Sector Upward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 68 points (0.4%) at 17,048 as of Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,747 issues advancing vs. 1,215 declining with 171 unchanged.

The Services sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include eBay ( EBAY), up 4.1%, Royal Philips ( PHG), up 1.0%, Moody's Corporation ( MCO), up 0.8% and Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Sears Holdings ( SHLD), down 8.7%, Staples ( SPLS), down 3.4%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), down 2.2%, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), down 1.3% and Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD), down 1.2%.

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

3. Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Wal-Mart Stores is up $0.68 (0.9%) to $75.64 on average volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.00-$75.89 after having opened the day at $75.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.96.

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $241.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 4.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Wal-Mart Stores a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Wal-Mart Stores Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, McDonald's ( MCD) is up $0.53 (0.6%) to $94.72 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.0 million shares of McDonald's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $94.24-$94.76 after having opened the day at $94.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.19.

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McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the United States, Europe, the Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Latin America. The company's restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menus. McDonald's has a market cap of $92.7 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 2.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate McDonald's a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's 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, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full McDonald's Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Walt Disney ( DIS) is up $0.51 (0.6%) to $90.35 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.98-$90.49 after having opened the day at $90.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.84.

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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 $154.6 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 17.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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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