3 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 67 points (-0.4%) at 17,031 as of Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,211 issues advancing vs. 1,801 declining with 159 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Staples ( SPLS), up 7.4%, Office Depot ( ODP), up 5.9%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 4.9%, Burger King Worldwide ( BKW), up 3.6% and AerCap Holdings ( AER), up 2.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), down 5.7%, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN), down 5.7%, MGM Resorts International ( MGM), down 3.7%, Delhaize Group ( DEG), down 2.3% and Yum Brands ( YUM), down 2.1%.

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

3. Union Pacific ( UNP) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Union Pacific is up $0.68 (0.6%) to $105.94 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Union Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $105.49-$106.55 after having opened the day at $105.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $105.27.

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Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, provides rail transportation services in the United States. Union Pacific has a market cap of $94.5 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 25.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate Union Pacific a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Union Pacific as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Union Pacific Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, United Continental Holdings ( UAL) is up $1.55 (3.3%) to $49.16 on average volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.00-$49.50 after having opened the day at $48.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.61.

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United Continental Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides passenger and cargo transportation services. The company transports people and cargo through its mainline operations, which use jet aircraft with 118 seats, and its regional operations. United Continental Holdings has a market cap of $17.8 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 25.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate United Continental Holdings a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Delta Air Lines ( DAL) is up $1.04 (2.6%) to $40.62 on average volume. Thus far, 5.8 million shares of Delta Air Lines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.75-$40.75 after having opened the day at $39.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.58.

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Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo worldwide. Its route network comprises various gateway airports in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Delta Air Lines has a market cap of $33.4 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 44.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Delta Air Lines a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Delta Air Lines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Delta Air Lines 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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