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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