3 Stocks Advancing The Services Sector

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 32 points (-0.2%) at 17,036 as of Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,537 issues advancing vs. 1,470 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Taminco ( TAM), up 10.6%, Vail Resorts ( MTN), up 8.6%, Anixter International ( AXE), up 4.0%, Liberty Global ( LBTYK), up 3.4% and Sears Holdings ( SHLD), up 3.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Brady ( BRC), down 9.2%, Men's Wearhouse ( MW), down 6.4%, Zillow ( Z), down 2.5%, Mercadolibre ( MELI), down 2.4% and Alliance Data Systems ( ADS), down 2.0%.

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

3. FedEx ( FDX) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, FedEx is up $1.66 (1.1%) to $152.42 on light volume. Thus far, 460,351 shares of FedEx exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $150.01-$152.73 after having opened the day at $150.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $150.76.

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FedEx Corporation provides transportation, e-commerce, and business services in the United States and internationally. FedEx has a market cap of $42.9 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 4.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate FedEx a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates FedEx as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, 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 weak operating cash flow. Get the full FedEx Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, United Parcel Service ( UPS) is up $0.54 (0.6%) to $98.16 on light volume. Thus far, 874,795 shares of United Parcel Service exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $96.90-$98.29 after having opened the day at $96.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $97.62.

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United Parcel Service, Inc., a package delivery company, provides transportation, logistics, and financial services in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: U.S. Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain & Freight. The U.S. United Parcel Service has a market cap of $69.0 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 7.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate United Parcel Service a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, TJX Companies ( TJX) is up $0.45 (0.8%) to $60.15 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of TJX Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.58-$60.34 after having opened the day at $59.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.70.

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The TJX Companies, Inc. operates as an off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the United States and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Marmaxx, HomeGoods, TJX Canada, and TJX Europe. TJX Companies has a market cap of $41.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 6.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate TJX Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

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