3 Stocks Boosting The Services Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 41 points (0.2%) at 17,110 as of Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,666 issues advancing vs. 1,285 declining with 190 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 Walgreen ( WAG), up 3.2%, AerCap Holdings ( AER), up 2.0%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), up 1.7%, Royal Caribbean Cruises ( RCL), up 1.3% and Time Warner Cable ( TWC), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), down 4.1%, Priceline Group ( PCLN), down 2.1%, Burger King Worldwide ( BKW), down 1.7%, eBay ( EBAY), down 1.1% and Liberty Global ( LBTYK), down 1.0%.

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

3. McKesson ( MCK) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, McKesson is up $1.70 (0.9%) to $197.36 on average volume. Thus far, 377,684 shares of McKesson exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 974,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $195.12-$197.61 after having opened the day at $195.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $195.66.

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McKesson Corporation delivers pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, and health care information technologies to the healthcare industry in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, McKesson Distribution Solutions and McKesson Technology Solutions. McKesson has a market cap of $45.2 billion and is part of the wholesale industry. Shares are up 21.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate McKesson a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McKesson as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full McKesson Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Costco Wholesale ( COST) is up $1.27 (1.0%) to $126.42 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Costco Wholesale exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $124.71-$126.48 after having opened the day at $125.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $125.15.

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Costco Wholesale Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates membership warehouses. The company offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. Costco Wholesale has a market cap of $53.2 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 5.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate Costco Wholesale a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Costco Wholesale as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Costco Wholesale Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Directv ( DTV) is up $0.49 (0.6%) to $87.14 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Directv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $86.43-$87.18 after having opened the day at $86.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.65.

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DIRECTV provides digital television entertainment services in the United States and Latin America. The company acquires, promotes, sells, and distributes digital entertainment programming primarily through satellite to residential and commercial subscribers. Directv has a market cap of $43.4 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 25.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Directv a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Directv as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall. Get the full Directv 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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