3 Services Stocks Moving The Sector Upward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 17,036 as of Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,316 issues advancing vs. 1,661 declining with 150 unchanged.

The Services sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Golar LNG ( GLNG), up 2.8%, Alliance Data Systems ( ADS), up 2.3%, Southwest Airlines ( LUV), up 1.8%, Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), up 1.5% and L Brands ( LB), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Hub Group ( HUBG), down 9.1%, Tractor Supply ( TSCO), down 2.5%, YY ( YY), down 2.5%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), down 2.3% and Trinity Industries ( TRN), down 2.0%.

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

3. Target ( TGT) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Target is up $1.06 (1.8%) to $61.94 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.5 million shares of Target exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.87-$62.10 after having opened the day at $61.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.88.

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Target Corporation operates general merchandise stores in the United States and Canada. Target has a market cap of $38.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 3.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Target a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Target 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 and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Target Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Delta Air Lines ( DAL) is up $0.52 (1.3%) to $39.34 on light volume. Thus far, 3.8 million shares of Delta Air Lines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.70-$39.50 after having opened the day at $38.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.82.

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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 $32.9 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 41.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Walgreen ( WAG) is up $0.66 (1.1%) to $63.27 on light volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Walgreen exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.56-$63.27 after having opened the day at $62.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.61.

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Walgreen Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates a network of drugstores in the United States. It provides consumer goods and services, pharmacy, and health and wellness services through drugstores, as well as through mail, and by telephone and online. Walgreen has a market cap of $60.2 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 9.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate Walgreen a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walgreen as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Walgreen 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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