3 Services Stocks Pushing Sector Growth

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 52 points (0.3%) at 17,129 as of Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,998 issues advancing vs. 975 declining with 164 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Tim Hortons ( THI), up 8.7%, DSW ( DSW), up 8.6%, Amazon.com ( AMZN), up 2.5%, Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD), up 1.6% and Gap ( GPS), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), down 1.2%, and Delta Air Lines ( DAL), down 0.7%.

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

3. MasterCard ( MA) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, MasterCard is up $1.33 (1.7%) to $77.76 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of MasterCard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.54-$77.85 after having opened the day at $76.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.43.

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MasterCard Incorporated provides transaction processing and other payment-related services in the United States and internationally. It facilitates the processing of payment transactions, including authorization, clearing, and settlement, as well as delivers related products and services. MasterCard has a market cap of $85.2 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 8.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate MasterCard a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MasterCard 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, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full MasterCard Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Visa ( V) is up $1.84 (0.8%) to $217.86 on light volume. Thus far, 744,078 shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $216.18-$218.00 after having opened the day at $216.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $216.02.

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Visa Inc., a payments technology company, operates as a retail electronic payments network worldwide. The company facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. Visa has a market cap of $106.9 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 19 analysts who rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa 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, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Visa Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, eBay ( EBAY) is up $0.29 (0.5%) to $55.78 on light volume. Thus far, 3.3 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.41-$55.83 after having opened the day at $55.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.49.

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eBay Inc. provides online platforms, tools, and services to help individuals and merchants in online and mobile commerce and payments in the United States and internationally. eBay has a market cap of $68.9 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are up 1.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 18 analysts who rate eBay a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates eBay as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full eBay 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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