3 Stocks Advancing The Services Sector

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 5 points (0.0%) at 17,085 as of Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,872 issues advancing vs. 1,050 declining with 205 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Team Health Holdings ( TMH), up 3.0%, Golar LNG ( GLNG), up 2.2%, Burger King Worldwide ( BKW), up 1.8%, Luxottica Group SpA ( LUX), up 1.8% and LKQ ( LKQ), up 1.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), down 3.4%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), down 3.0%, MGM Resorts International ( MGM), down 2.1%, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN), down 1.8% and Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 1.6%.

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

3. L Brands ( LB) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, L Brands is up $0.37 (0.6%) to $64.12 on light volume. Thus far, 272,943 shares of L Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.71-$64.24 after having opened the day at $64.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.75.

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L Brands, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of women's intimate and other apparel, beauty and personal care products, and accessories. The company operates in two segments, Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works. L Brands has a market cap of $18.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 3.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate L Brands a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates L Brands as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full L Brands Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Marriott International ( MAR) is up $0.43 (0.6%) to $69.42 on light volume. Thus far, 559,770 shares of Marriott International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.85-$69.44 after having opened the day at $69.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.99.

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Marriott International, Inc. operates, franchises, and licenses hotels and timeshare properties worldwide. The company operates through four segments: North American Full-Service, North American Limited-Service, International, and Luxury. Marriott International has a market cap of $20.0 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 39.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Marriott International a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marriott International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Marriott International Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Home Depot ( HD) is up $0.50 (0.5%) to $93.01 on average volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $92.61-$93.25 after having opened the day at $92.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.51.

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The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $125.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 12.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate Home Depot a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 Home Depot 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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