3 Stocks Driving The Services Sector Higher

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 15 points (0.1%) at 17,122 as of Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,632 issues advancing vs. 1,319 declining with 192 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Express ( EXPR), up 12.9%, Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), up 4.9%, Scorpio Tankers ( STNG), up 4.8%, Sinclair Broadcast Group ( SBGI), up 3.6% and Staples ( SPLS), up 2.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Burger King Worldwide ( BKW), down 3.3%, YY ( YY), down 3.0%, Graham Holdings ( GHC), down 2.7%, Cabela's ( CAB), down 2.0% and Golar LNG ( GLNG), down 1.9%.

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

3. Whole Foods Market ( WFM) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Whole Foods Market is up $0.94 (2.5%) to $39.44 on average volume. Thus far, 3.8 million shares of Whole Foods Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.53-$39.72 after having opened the day at $38.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.50.

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

Whole Foods Market, Inc. operates as a retailer of natural and organic foods. Whole Foods Market has a market cap of $13.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 33.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Whole Foods Market a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whole Foods Market as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Whole Foods Market Ratings Report now.

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

2. As of noon trading, Dollar General ( DG) is up $0.59 (0.9%) to $64.11 on average volume. Thus far, 3.2 million shares of Dollar General exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.55-$64.31 after having opened the day at $63.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.52.

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

Dollar General Corporation, a discount retailer, provides merchandise products in the United States. Dollar General has a market cap of $19.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 5.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Dollar General a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dollar General as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Dollar General Ratings Report now.

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

1. As of noon trading, Time Warner ( TWX) is up $0.40 (0.5%) to $77.06 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Time Warner exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.81-$77.26 after having opened the day at $76.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.66.

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

Time Warner Inc. operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Turner, Home Box Office, Warner Bros., and Time Inc. Time Warner has a market cap of $65.8 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 10.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 16 analysts who rate Time Warner a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner 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, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Time Warner Ratings Report now.

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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).

null

More from Markets

Billionaire Investor Tim Draper Explains Why Bitcoin Will Hit $250,000 in 2022

Billionaire Investor Tim Draper Explains Why Bitcoin Will Hit $250,000 in 2022

To Think a Trade War's Still Just a Threat Is the Dumbest Thing on Wall Street

To Think a Trade War's Still Just a Threat Is the Dumbest Thing on Wall Street

M&A Trends Still on Investors' Minds Despite Worries Over Tariffs -- ICYMI

M&A Trends Still on Investors' Minds Despite Worries Over Tariffs -- ICYMI

Dow Falls as U.S. Imposes Tariffs on $50 Billion of Chinese Goods

Dow Falls as U.S. Imposes Tariffs on $50 Billion of Chinese Goods

General Motors Spikes on Report It's Considering Listing Shares of Cruise Unit

General Motors Spikes on Report It's Considering Listing Shares of Cruise Unit