Services Stocks On The Rise With Help From 3 Stocks

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 81 points (0.5%) at 17,082 as of Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,780 issues advancing vs. 1,159 declining with 188 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include Tim Hortons ( THI), up 21.6%, Burger King Worldwide ( BKW), up 19.8%, Life Time Fitness ( LTM), up 9.9%, AthenaHealth ( ATHN), up 3.4% and LKQ ( LKQ), up 1.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Shaw Communications ( SJR), down 1.0%, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), down 1.0%, Liberty Global ( LBTYK), down 0.9%, Twenty-First Century Fox ( FOX), down 0.8% and Twenty-First Century Fox ( FOXA), down 0.6%.

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

3. Yum Brands ( YUM) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Yum Brands is up $0.54 (0.8%) to $72.95 on light volume. Thus far, 868,374 shares of Yum Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.55-$73.00 after having opened the day at $72.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.41.

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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 $31.8 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Yum Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. 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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2. As of noon trading, Starbucks ( SBUX) is up $0.73 (0.9%) to $78.01 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Starbucks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.51-$78.17 after having opened the day at $77.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.28.

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Starbucks Corporation operates as a roaster, marketer, and retailer of specialty coffee worldwide. Its stores offer coffee and tea beverages, packaged roasted whole bean and ground coffees, single serve products, and juices and bottled water. Starbucks has a market cap of $58.2 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 1.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 17 analysts who rate Starbucks a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starbucks 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Starbucks Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is up $2.56 (0.8%) to $334.15 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $332.71-$336.77 after having opened the day at $333.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $331.59.

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Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. The company operates in two segments, North America and International. Amazon.com has a market cap of $153.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 16.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 19 analysts who rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amazon.com as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Amazon.com 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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