3 Stocks Boosting 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 up 22 points (0.1%) at 17,010 as of Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 891 issues advancing vs. 2,107 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include YY ( YY), down 7.3%, JetBlue Airways ( JBLU), down 6.9%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), down 5.4%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), down 5.4% and AthenaHealth ( ATHN), down 4.3%.

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

3. Southwest Airlines ( LUV) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Southwest Airlines is up $0.31 (0.9%) to $34.18 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.7 million shares of Southwest Airlines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.82-$34.50 after having opened the day at $33.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.87.

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Southwest Airlines Co. operates passenger airlines that provide scheduled air transportation services in the United States. As of December 31, 2012, the company operated 694 aircraft, including 606 Boeing 737 aircraft and 88 Boeing 717 aircraft. Southwest Airlines has a market cap of $23.0 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 79.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Southwest Airlines a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, CVS Health ( CVS) is up $0.57 (0.7%) to $81.14 on average volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of CVS Health exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $80.90-$81.23 after having opened the day at $81.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.57.

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CVS Caremark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated pharmacy health care services in the United States. The company operates through Pharmacy Services and Retail Pharmacy segments. CVS Health has a market cap of $93.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 12.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts who rate CVS Health a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CVS Health 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, increase in net income 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 CVS Health Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Home Depot ( HD) is up $0.49 (0.6%) to $89.33 on light volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.60-$89.49 after having opened the day at $89.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.84.

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The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $120.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 7.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate Home Depot a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

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