3 Stocks Moving The Services Sector Upward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 77 points (-0.4%) at 17,034 as of Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 824 issues advancing vs. 2,132 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Hain Celestial Group ( HAIN), up 3.5%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 1.3%, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), up 1.1%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), up 0.9% and Southwest Airlines ( LUV), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include ADT ( ADT), down 3.3%, Alliance Data Systems ( ADS), down 3.1%, Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD), down 2.7%, Burger King Worldwide ( BKW), down 2.4% and Grupo Televisa SAB ( TV), down 2.0%.

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

3. Golar LNG ( GLNG) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Golar LNG is up $2.40 (3.9%) to $63.75 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Golar LNG exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.76-$64.00 after having opened the day at $60.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.35.

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Golar LNG Limited, a midstream liquefied natural gas (LNG) company, is engaged in the transportation, regasification and liquefaction, and trading of LNG. The company operates in two segments, Vessel Operations and Commodity Trading. Golar LNG has a market cap of $5.5 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 69.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Golar LNG a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Golar LNG as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Golar LNG Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Comcast ( CMCSK) is up $0.38 (0.7%) to $56.02 on light volume. Thus far, 611,956 shares of Comcast exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.43-$56.02 after having opened the day at $55.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.64.

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Comcast Corporation operates as a media and technology company worldwide. It operates through Cable Communications, Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment, and Theme Parks segments. Comcast has a market cap of $23.8 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 11.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Comcast a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Netflix ( NFLX) is up $6.44 (1.3%) to $485.77 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $482.37-$489.29 after having opened the day at $486.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $479.33.

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Netflix, Inc. operates as an Internet television network, is engaged in the Internet delivery of TV shows and movies directly on TVs, computers, and mobile devices in the United States and internationally. Netflix has a market cap of $28.6 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 30.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate Netflix a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Netflix as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Netflix 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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